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Registration and RecognitionDocumenting the Person in World History$
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Keith Breckenridge and Simon Szreter

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265314

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265314.001.0001

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Identity Registration in the Classical Mediterranean World

Identity Registration in the Classical Mediterranean World

(p.169) 6 Identity Registration in the Classical Mediterranean World
Registration and Recognition

Rebecca Flemming

British Academy

This chapter provides an analytical survey of identity registration practices (and their absence) across the ancient Mediterranean. The discussion focuses on the citizen census in Republican Rome, but also covers registration activities in democratic Athens, with further reference to a wider background including Ptolemaic Egypt and the Roman Empire. The analysis emphasizes that civil registration in ancient states is more a matter of record and ritual than actual legal definition, and that its systems are as much about membership and privilege, as about subordination and exploitation.

Keywords:   ancient history, social hierarchy, state formation, citizen census, identity registration practices

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