Empire, Oil, and Disaster - blog about my new book

A religious sect getting more and more attention of the world. Jews in the Middle East already have problems with them. Coincidentally, a terrible terract happens in the largest city of the empire. The same religious sect is blamed for it. The year is 64 AD. The sect is Christians. The place is Rome of the emperor Nero.
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Sunday, November 26, 2006

Census data for Rome

Just found an excellent table of Roman Census data published by John Paul Adams from CSUN here.

According to it, population of Rome during King Servius Tullius was aboput 80 thousand people, while in AD 47 it became close to 6-7 millions.

I find very ineteresting a jump in population during the change from the Republic to the Empire:

70/69 B.C. 910,000 / 900,000
28 B.C. (Augustus) 4,063,000

Caveat: data are not 100% reliable, because it's hard to tell who exactly was counted (e.g., slaves apparently were not), if it was a full census, if the numbers were properly copied from manuscript to manuscript, etc. Many believe that numbers prior to 340 BC are not real.