From: Marilyn Burge
To: Rob Burcham
Date: Jan 26 1996 8:34:32 am
Subject: census
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On (21 Jan 96) Rob Burcham wrote to Michael Hardy...

MH> In fact, the Romans *did* require people to travel to their
MH> birthplace in order to register for a census. A census edict
MH> from Egypt, from 104 a.d., shows that they did just that. It
MH> begins: "Gaius Vibius Maximus, prefect of Egypt, says: The
MH> house-to-house census having started, it is essential that
MH> all persons who for any reason whatsoever are absent from
MH> their homes be summoned to return to their own hearths, in
MH> order that they perform the customary business of
MH> registration." ("A History of Rome Through the Fifth Century,
MH> ed. A.H.M. Jones, c. 1970, Harper and Row.)

RB> Were women required to make the journey for a census?

That passage above doesn't say they have to return to the place of
birth; it simply says "stick around the house that day so that
when the head-counters call, they can talk to you."

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