Brill’s New Pauly

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I. Terminology

A toll is a duty on goods imported into or exported from an area of rule. The ancient terms τὰ τέλη/télē (pl.) and portorium can also denote internal tolls and tolls for harbours, roads, bridges and gates, and tele also included other taxes. Nor is the Latin term vectigal restricted to tolls, but also refers to many taxes and even income in general terms. The ἐλλιμένια/elliménia was on the one hand a fee for the use of a harbour or, on the other hand, the harbour's total incom…

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Onken, Björn (Marburg/Lahn), “Toll”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 23 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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