Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tax Day in the Ancient World

I wonder if the ancient peoples and civilizations had a "tax day" like we do in America? I don't think we will ever really know. The Romans conducted a regular census which was tied to the leveling of taxes. But did the Aztecs and Mayas do the same? How about Tikil? Easter Islanders? Egyptians? Mesopotamians?

Just musing on the prospects that if nothing ever really changes than the ancient people must have hated the tax-man as much as we do today.


  1. The Easter Islanders had taxes to pay. One giant head for every dependent in the household. Seeing as how each head took about thirty years to carve, that would why their civilization died-out.

  2. I think some folks probably paid taxes, others had taxes taken from them in various ways (money, things, body parts, etc). Very similar to how we do things here :)