It has been established that the taking of a census was quite common at about the time of Christ. An ancient Latin inscription called the Titulus Venetusindicates that a census took place in Syria and Judea about AD 5–6 and that this was typical of those held throughout the Roman Empire from the time of Augustus (23 BC–AD 14) until at least the third century AD. Indications are that this census took place every fourteen years. Other such evidence indicates that these procedures were widespread.^2 Concerning persons returning to their home city for the taxation-census, an Egyptian papyrus dating from AD 104 reports just such a practice. This rule was enforced, as well.^3