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<b>The Taxation of Roman Prostitutes</b> <b>*</b>

Thomas A. J. McGinn

in Prostitution, Sexuality, and the Law in Ancient Rome

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780195161328
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199789344 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195161328.003.0007
 The Taxation of Roman Prostitutes   *

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The tax on prostitutes instituted by Caligula provides solid evidence on its economic importance and the attitude of the imperial administration to it. The scattered and fragmentary nature of this evidence is given close attention here so we can extracat the true significance of the tax. This chapter examines the information given by Suetonius and Dio and discusses the motives for its introduction, methods of collection and calculation, later history and eventual abolition, and, finally, the provincial evidence for details of administration. The aim is to assess not only the success of the tax in terms of the original motives for its introduction but also the other effects of the tax, for it has some important implications for Roman public policy toward prostitution in general.

Keywords: ancient Rome; prostitution; taxation; prostitutes; Caligula; legitimacy; social control

Chapter.  23907 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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