Rank Hath Its Privileges (and sometimes its price).

In the time of Diocletian (but perhaps predating him), emperor of Rome and author of one of, if not the, biggest tax increases seen in Rome, the estates of the Roman Senators were exempt from the property and income taxes of the empire … or were they?

A Senator of that time was required to pay an annual tax or forfeit his office. This tax was called a gleba. There were three levels of gleba, presumably based on the net worth of the Senator, although it is not known what form it took. Records show that the annual imposition was 2, 4, or 8 somethings -- probably a sizable weight of gold.

Noticed while browsing For Good And Evil: The Impact of Taxes on the Course of Civilization, by Charles Adams.

Gle"ba (?), n.; pl. Glebæ (#). [L., a clod.] (Bot.)

The chambered sporogenous tissue forming the central mass of the sporophore in puff balls, stinkhorns, etc.


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