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Annona was a goddess in Roman Egypt (and elsewhere in the empire) and was the personification of the grain supply. She is frequently depicted on coins of the empire. Her praise is apt considering the importance of the grain supply in Alexandrian Egypt (in fact Rome relied heavily on its Egyptian grain supply).
The term is used elsewhere, such as in the annona militaris, a form of taxation on the people of Roman Egypt (since Diocletian), that pertained to the supplying of troops based on the agricultural production (people of military titles had very little land possession in Egypt).
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ian: Focus here on the latter. It is a key element of the emerging imperial system and its economic workings. The extractive nature of foreign rule.