Publicani as corporations 
If I understand what I'm reading, there were the publicani, or societates publicanorum, which were corporations, in addition to the individual publicans; see J.A. Crook, Law and Life of Rome (Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press), 235 ff. The wording of the article could be clearer on this point, but I don't know enough about the corporations to update it. modify 18:40, 7 August 2006 (UTC)
Inappropriate comma? 
"The publicans were usually of the class of equites, or capitalists."
"Capitalist" is a pretty poor description of the equites, who were, more properly, nobles or aristocrats. Is this phrase supposed to lack the comma and read: "The publicans were usually of the class of equites or [were] capitalists"?