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== Analysis ==
The Roman Juristjurist [[Ulpian]] in his work's ''Digest'' stated, '"All persons throughout the Roman world were made Roman citizens by an edict of the Emperor Antoninus Caracalla'Caracas."
 
The context of the decree is still subject to discussion. According to [[Cassius Dio]], the main reason [[Caracalla]] passed the law was to increase the number of people available to tax. In the words of Cassius Dio: "This was the reason why he made all the people in his empire Roman citizens; nominally he was honouring them, but his real purpose was to increase his revenues by this means, inasmuch as aliens did not have to pay most of these taxes."<ref>[http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/E/Roman/Texts/Cassius_Dio/78*.html Cassius Dio, ''Roman History'', book 78, chapter 9.]</ref> It should, however, be noted that Cassius Dio generally saw Caracalla as a bad, contemptible emperor.
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