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Hi.

I was googling hard to find what does SPQR mean. Answers differ quite much.

I don't mean those cheerful things like "Sentiment Prevents Queens' Removal" and so.

I've found ideas like:

Senatus Populusque Romanum (but what does Q stand for? I'm not likely to believe it that it is in word PopulusQue)

which means Senate of Roman People (I think)

Senatus Populus Que Roma

Senate, People and Rome (which fits me best)

and other I don't recall.

What do you think it is?

Just curious.

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The inscription on the Arch of Titus, southeast of the Forum in Rome.

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Senatus Populusque Romanus means, in English, "The Senate and People of Rome".

"SPQR" emblazoned on Rome's manhole covers.

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In Res Gestae Divi Augusti (English: The Deeds of the Divine Augustus) Augustus mentions the senate and the Roman people several times. "SPQR" simply represents how people thought of their city-states back in the day.

Latin: Res Gestae Divi Augusti I & II

English: The Deeds of the Divine Augustus

"SPQR" is also an acronym for Securitised Portfolio of Quality Receivables Funding, which is the first Italian collateralized debt obligation. :P

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