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PUBLICAN, civil law. A farmer of the public revenue; one who held a lease of some property from the public treasury. Dig. 39, 4, 1, 1; Id. 39, 4, 12, 3; Id. 39, 4, 13.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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([87.sup.r]) Confessio peccatorum ibi praecipitur, 'Si non audierit ecclesiam, sit tibi velut ethnicus et publicanus'.
101) that Mommsen's neat distinction between the telones (= Roman portitor) and the demosiones (= Roman publicanus) cannot be sustained because the terms are much too fluid in actual usage, but that we must reckon with two distinct systems, the Roman and the Hellenistic, right through our period.