From: Hector Plasmic
To: Michael Hardy
Date: Jan 24 1996 6:04:42 pm
Subject: Re: census
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MH> In fact, the Romans *did* require people to travel to their
MH> birthplace in order to register for a census.

Really?  Let's look at your "evidence" and see if it backs up your
claim, shall we?

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

What's conspicuously missing from the above quote, Mikey?  Perhaps the
word "birthplace" or anything meaning same, hmm?  Instead we see the
words "house," "home" and "hearth" (used in the context of "home").
Rather obviously, Mikey, during a census you were required to be at home
to answer the census taker when he came around.  Unless you have
something more for us, you're debunked.

--- Hymen
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