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Gratian and Prohaeresius who collected imperial salaries in gold could rise from the middling ranks of the city councillors to great riches.41 But those who were already rich made equally good use of this new economic and political order. While we typically think of the rich of the later empire as a group of Italian senators, the regionalization of the Roman world meant that every part of the empire had its own local elite based in the cities and towns of each province.42 These men owned large granaries or wine-making facilities that could hold and process the