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Power and Public Finance at Rome, 264-49 BCE

James Tan


In this book, James Tan examines the ways in which the profits of imperial expansion transformed Roman public life. Tan argues that the leaders of Rome’s early wars of expansion had been constrained by their dependence on taxpayer money. They relied on the state to fund wars, and the state in turn relied on citizens’ taxes to fill the treasury. This fiscal chain bound the elite to taxpayer consent. Without the cooperation of taxpayers, the war machine would grind to a halt. As the spoils of empire flooded into Rome, however, leaders found that they could fund any policy they chose without rely ... More

Keywords: Rome, republic, politics, economy, fiscal, sociology, tax, aristocracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190639570
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190639570.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Tan, author
Assistant Professor of History and Classics, Hofstra University