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This page seems to have an inconsistency. At the top it says
"He gained the popular favour by a judicious remission of taxation,"
but at the bottom
"The financial policy of Anastasius was so prudent and economical that it gained him a reputation for avarice and contributed to his unpopularity"
---These don't seem inherently inconsistent. He could have both reduced taxes and spending. That fits with what I recall from Bury's "Later Roman Empire"22.214.171.124 (talk) 18:28, 14 February 2008 (UTC)zeke076
Could somebody please provide some verificaiton of this section? James084 20:09, 19 February 2006 (UTC)
Anastasius reformed the Byzantine tax system, which contributed to great wealth that was relatively undisturbed by Justin. This wealth is what allowed Justinian to convene military campaigns to retake the West and being a ambitious building program in Constantinople. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199 (talk • contribs) 02:39, 21 February 2006
Not sure what this means. Does anyone know/can clarify in the article? fluoronaut 19:58, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
The article is quite right. As already pointed out by someone here above, Anastasius did both things. Still, he didn't actually 'reduce' fiscal burden, but cut on 'one' particular levy, the so-called 'chrysargyron', a gold[=chrysos] and silver[=argyros]-paid tax affecting artisans and small traders. He certainly succeded in leaving his successors a State with healthy financies. He's said (Procopius) to have left several thousand punds of gold in the treasury. As is the case at all times, some may have complained for such rigid economic policy. Some used later to call him 'dichoros', mocking him for the different colour of his eyes. But chalcedonian sources also had to recognise A.'s merits (Evagrius, actually our source for the 'popular favour'), despite the emperor's Monophysite faith. Thus some editing is probably needed in the first paragragraph rather than in the disputed section (that can be checked on Hendy's Byzantine Coinage, online on the site of Dumbarton Oaks). — Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.8.131.52 (talk • contribs) 23:23, 13 May 2007
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