From: Dan Ceppa
To: Michael Hardy
Date: Jan 22 1996 7:54:00 am
Subject: census
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-> On 01-20-96  22:04, Michael Hardy got back to Dick Holm

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.)

Re-read what you wrote a bid more closely, Michael.  It says nothing
of having to travel all over the world to get to their house.  Most
people did not travel far for a living in those days.  They were
home every night for supper.  It says nothing about going to the
place of their birth, only to their houses to help facilitate the
count of those that lived in the locale.

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