Emperor Justinian enactment against evasion from public service:
"The public service system has become a sink of iniquity. The more we labored on this problem, the more the senators devised every trick to twarth our right and just enactments and the public interest... Most impious of all, they abstain from marriage and choose rather to die childless than to prove themselves useful to their race and to their senate."
(From Moses Hadas" History of Rome. Ill.: Daily life in the Eastern Roman Empire.)