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Questions related to the history of financial institutions accepting deposits from the public, creating credit, and often including lending activities.

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Banking existed in the era of the Romans and earlier. In ancient Greece and Asia Minor temples served as a sanctuary where individuals could make deposits for safekeeping. This practice continued … with the Romans (see this article titled "Temple Banking In Rome"). For instance, the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus was the largest depository in Asia and served as a depository for Aristotle, Caesar, Dio …
answered Aug 5 '12 by Mike Rodey