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Salt —a Salary

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Salt had a huge influence on the development of ancient civilizations because of its ability to preserve food which reduced the people's dependence on the seasonal availability of food and allowed them to travel long distances.

It was a hard-to-obtain highly valued commodity, and some historians believe that Roman soldiers were sometimes paid with salt. The other historians, however, find it a misconception since word salary derives from the Latin salarium, meaning money paid to the soldiers to buy salt.

The word salad is also connected to the salt: it comes from the popular ancient Roman dish herba salata, meaning "salted vegetables".

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