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Ancient graves reveal taxes’ sharp bite nearly 3,000 years ago

Close-up of a relief depicting Babylonian prisoners paying homage to king Ashurbanipal and his queen

Prisoners pay tribute to Assyrian king Ashurbanipal and his queen in this relief. Taxes levied during the later centuries of the Assyrian empire deepened inequality. Credit: DEA/G. Nimatallah/De Agostini/Getty

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