Salary: the salt that work gives us

Every January, after the Christmas feasts, we return to the work routine, to earn our bread, as it is commonly called. But where does this salary thing come from, and why do we exchange time for money with our work? Agent 11Onze Míriam Frías explains it to us.


Salary comes from the Latin word “salarium”, which means “salt”. We have to go back to the time of the Roman Empire to understand why the income we get each month from work is called a salary. The Via Salaria was the trade route along which shipments of salt were transported and the workers who worked there were paid with salt. Here is the origin.

Salt, or white gold, became a bargaining chip, because it was of great value for preserving food and even as a remedy for healing wounds. Why did salt become so important and what else could be bought with this precious salt? Just watch the video below!

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  1. Joaquin Lopez ArandaJoaquin Lopez Aranda says:

    A estat molt bé.

  2. Pere SorianoPere Soriano says:

    Molt bé. Gràcies.

  3. Pere Maria EstremPere Maria Estrem says:
    Pere Maria

    Salari…no en sabia l’origen. Interessant, i els comentaris també.

  4. Manuel Bullich BuenoManuel Bullich Bueno says:
  5. alicia Coiduras Charlesalicia Coiduras Charles says:

    Gràcies per aquesta informació i tan ben explicada

  6. Josep RuaixJosep Ruaix says:
  7. James SeneJames Sene says:

    👌🏿 Miriam

  8. Joan Santacruz CarlúsJoan Santacruz Carlús says:
  9. Mercè ComasMercè Comas says:

    Bona informació.
    La sal també és un aliment important en l’alimentació del bestiar que pastura pels prats de l’alt Pirineu. Les vaques i ovelles en necesiten un suplement. Els pagesos i ramaders del Pallars Sobirà, durant l’hivern, fan uns salers de fusta preciosos. A l’estiu, anar a portar la sal al bestiar a l’alta muntanya és una de les seves feines imprescindibles.

    • Pilar Oltra Vigueras says:

      Fantàstic Mercè! Hem après de la Míriam i també de la teva aportació, que bo és enriquir-nos constantment. Moltíssimes gràcies.

      2 years ago

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