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Twelve Emperors by Suetonius

Caligula, Chapter 40: Caligula collects money (Cont.)
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He [Note 1] levied new and unheard of taxes, at first through the publicans and then, because their profit was so great, through the centurions and tribunes of the Praetorian Guard and there was no class of commodities or men on which he did not impose some form of tariff. On all eatables sold in any part of the city he levied a fixed and definite charge; on lawsuits and legal processes begun anywhere, a fortieth part of the sum involved, providing a penalty in case anyone was found guilty of compromising or abandoning a suit; on the daily wages of porters, an eighth; on the earnings of prostitutes, as much as each received for one embrace; and a clause was added to this chapter of the law, providing that those who had ever been prostitutes or acted as panders should be liable to this public tax, and that even matrimony should not be exempt.

Note 1: he = Caligula

Event: Caligula collects money