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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