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The Fall of The Roman Empire

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Ari Gulisano

on 24 October 2013

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The Fall of the Roman Empire
How did the great Roman Empire fall?
Public Health & Environmental Problems
the usage of lead pipes
interactions in the Colosseum
homeless people living on the street
Plagues reduced fertility and the population
Political Corruption
the choosing of a new emperor
the Praetorian Guard becoming the one with all authority or choosing the new emperor
in the next 100 years, Rome had 37 different emperors
Farming was done by large estates called latifundias.
Many workmen became unemployed when farmers were forced to sell their farms.
The unemployed people caused trouble in Rome.
Decline of Moral and Values
32,000 prostitutes even during the Pax Romana
wasted money on parties
most popular entertainment was gladiatorial combats in the Colosseum
abandoning old institutions and virtues
easy living conditions
By: Rebecca Zuo, Elizabeth Liang, Angela Guo and Ari Gulisano
The Roman empire was strong and powerful while it lasted, but there were many small things that added up to result in the end of this great civilization
After the reign of Marcus Aurelius, inflation made the economy in Rome corrupted
Flow of gold into the Roman economy decreased
Less gold to produce coins
People began bartering for goods instead of using coins
Prices increased.
Reached limit of expansion of land.
Urban Decay
Most Romans lived in "islands"
At one point, there were 44,000 apartment houses within the walls of Rome
Pricing of rent depended on the positioning of your floor
Forced to move out when unable to pay rent
Inferior Technology
limited scientific achievements
relied on human and animal labor
no new machines or technology
goods weren't able to be produced fast enough
no adaptations to technology
Military Spending
Too much spending on maintaining a strong army
The hiring of soldiers from the unemployed city mobs or even from foreign countries
Frequent raising of taxes which led to more inflation
The Final End
The Roman border was free for attacks
Last emperor of Rome overthrown by general Odacer or Odovacar
Roads and bridges were left in disrepair and fields left untilled
pirates and bandits made travel unsafe
business began to disappear
Work Cited:

"Fall of the Roman Empire." Rome.info , Decline of Ancient Rome. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Oct. 2013.

"The Ludwig Von Mises Institute." Inflation and the Fall of the Roman Empire. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Oct. 2013.

"The Fall of Rome." About.com Ancient / Classical History. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Oct. 2013.

"Medieval Sourcebook: Edward Gibbon: General Observations on the Fall of the Roman Empirein the West." Medieval Sourcebook: Gibbon: The Fall of the Roman Empire. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Oct. 2013.

Primary Source:
Thompson.E.A., trans. "On Military Matters 368 A.D.“ A roman inventor. .NP.P.:
Oxford UP,1952.122-123. Oxford University. Web. 20.Oct. 2013.

Video source:
Fall of The Roman Empire...in the 15th Century: Crash Course World History #12. Perf. John Green. YouTube. YouTube, 12 Apr. 2012. Web. 21 Oct. 2013.
Invasion of the Barbarians
Invaded by Huns and Visgoths tribes.
The first invasion of the Roman empire was by Goths and was called "sack"
One Goth invasion resulted the death of emperor Decius
Video Clip
"The Corruption of the Provincial Governors
Now in addition to these injuries, wherewith the arts of [greediness] afflict the provinces, comes the appalling greed of the provincial Governors, which is ruinous to the taxpayers’ interests. For these men, despising the respectable character of their office, think that they have been sent into the provinces as merchants…As for the Governors, the buying of recruits, the purchase of horses and grain, the monies intended for city walls – all these are regular sources of profit for them and are the pillage for which they long."

(exert from A Roman Reformer and Inventor)

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