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The questions of Imperial largitio and the identity of the possible owner(s) of the silver were already regarded as highly relevant matters in the original study of the Kaiseraugst treasure, but the addition to the inventory of the superb Constans platter and of the Kalottenschalen shifts these issues to centre stage, in a revised interpretation that places rather more weight on the evidence of Imperial favour than on the acquisition of an elegant silver dining-service.
11): "Nulla in clientes inde largitio est, cure indigentibus nulla partitioest.
It meant that when father and daughter raided the store of silver and gold plate and jewels at Christmastime to give presents to their favourites (exactly like Catherine the Great), they were really only following the ancient custom of largitio inherited from Roman times when the emperors offered commemorative plate to their favourite generals.