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Annona (Latin) is a policy of the Roman Empire (27 B.C.-476 A.D.), whereby the government distributed free of charge the most important foods - grain, wine and oil - to the poor city people. This policy encouraged people to flock to the cities where living was cheap and eventually necessitated heavy imports of grain.[1]


  1. Percy L. Greaves, Jr. "Mises Made Easier ", 1974. Referenced 2014-06-20.