From: Lynda Bustilloz
To: Michael Hardy
Date: Jan 21 1996 5:04:44 pm
Subject: census
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Dick and Michael were killing time yakking about census:

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

That doesn't sound like anything other than "Don't hang out in the market
today, we don't want to knock on your door and have you not be there"  It
doesn't indicate anything about travelling away from your current residence.

Lynda Bustilloz      bustillo@ix.netcom.com
... Funny, I don't remember being absentminded.

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