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    Posted: 23-Aug-2006 at 18:34

I`ve been reading “De mortubus persecutorum” of Lactantius translated in Russian and I have found interesting information about Roman census in Imperial period. The translator (V.M. Tulenev) indicates in the commentary that “in the time of Imperial Rome census became unregular and not general”, “it was limited by one or several provinces” and “it was often caused by territorial-administrative needs”. So, the question is when it happened? At least according to Tacitus there was a general census under Claudius (Annales, XI, 25).

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You are right, there was a general census under Claudius during the year 48 CE.  This census showed the empire consisted of about 5,984,072 Roman Citizens, an increase of about a million citizens since Augustus's third and last General Census. 
 
As for others afterward?  Well, I have heard of a General Census being conducted every 10-15 years where they would send out the Censitores and Censulaes, special officals for this kinda thing.  Governors could also take a census and often did.  All the ceremonies connected to the Census however were abolished.  However, since we have very few original documents from this time period and few reliable historians to go on, we can't say for sure.  I will have to look into this further, i may a few books that might have something to say about this. 
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However, since we have very few original documents from this time period and few reliable historians to go on, we can't say for sure.
 
But we have a lot of IV and V centuries documents (when Lactantius lived), much more than those of I century, but I can`t find the official information about censuses of this late period. Can anybody help me?


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