Counting Coins to Count Rome’s Population

Henry Fountain New York Times October 9, 2009 Link


In ancient Rome from about 250 B.C. to 130 B.C., census figures fluctuated between about 150,000 and 400,000 citizens. But subsequent censuses, after about 30 B.C., had totals of four million to nearly six million. So did the later surveys overcount, or the earlier ones undercount?

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