- a proclamation made every 15 years in the later Roman Empire, fixing the valuation of property to be used as a basis for taxation.
- a tax based on such valuation.
- Also called cycle of indiction. the recurring fiscal period of 15 years in the Roman Empire, long used for dating ordinary events.Compare lustrum.
- a specified year in this period.
- the number indicating it.
Origin of indiction
Examples from the Web for indiction
Indeed, if popularity was an indiction, this had become suddenly true.A Sappho of Green Springs
Given at Rome, the 6th of the Ides of January, the 14th indiction.A Source Book for Mediaeval History
Oliver J. Thatcher
The date of the letters is the Third Indiction, September 1, 509.The Letters of Cassiodorus
Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
The general tribute, or indiction, as it was called, was derived largely from the taxation of landed property.The World's Greatest Books, Vol XI.
Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
Cycles used in chronology are three: The solar cycle, the lunar cycle, and the cycle of indiction.Our Calendar
George Nichols Packer
- a recurring fiscal period of 15 years, often used as a unit for dating events
- a particular year in this period or the number assigned it
- (from the reign of Constantine the Great)
- a valuation of property made every 15 years as a basis for taxation
- the tax based on this valuation
Word Origin and History for indiction
late 14c., "period of fifteen years," a chronological unit of the Romans, originally for taxation purposes, fixed by Constantine and reckoned from Sept. 1, 312; it was still in use in the Middle Ages. From Latin indictionem (nominative indictio) "declaration, appointment," noun of action from past participle stem of indicere (see indictive).