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Ten - Modelling Demography and Consumption

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 February 2021

Gabriele Cifani
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University of Rome Tor Vergata
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The annalistic account of Lucius Calpurnius Piso Frugi, as reported by Dionysius, attributes the institutionalisation of a registry system in Roman society to Servius Tullius. Under this system, births and deaths were recorded by means of fixed votive offerings (sums of money) made to the sanctuaries of Juno Lucina and Libitina respectively, and the passage from adolescence to manhood was recorded by a similar payment to the Temple of Juventas. The total amount of the offerings would have given a precise record of yearly births and deaths in archaic Rome, as well as the number of young men becoming eligible for military service. In addition, every citizen would have given a monetary valuation of his own property through a public oath.

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The Origins of the Roman Economy
From the Iron Age to the Early Republic in a Mediterranean Perspective
, pp. 117 - 128
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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