Decline of Roman Empire
Decline of Roman Empire
Inflation of the Economy
The Roman economy suffered from inflation beginning after Romans stopped conquering new lands.
Less resources (like silver) were being brought into the country.
Roman emperors tried to buy the loyalty of their soldiers by increasing wages.
To cover the additional costs they also reduced the silver content of their coinage
As the amount of silver used in coins decreased, the coins became less valuable.
To make up for this loss in value, merchants raised the prices of goods that they sold.
This aggravated an already unstable financial situation
Difficulty and Expense of Defending a Large Nation Against Invaders
Maintaining an army to defend the borders of the Empire from barbarian attacks was a constant drain on the government.
The emperors were forced to raise taxes
Military spending left few resources for other vital activities, such as providing public housing and maintaining the quality of public roads
Frustrated Romans lost their desire to defend the Empire
They started to rely increasingly on hired soldiers recruited from the unemployed city mobs or foreign countries.
Such an army was not only unreliable, but very expensive.
Decline in Morals and Values
Emperors like Nero and Caligula were famous for throwing overly expensive parties to there guests
Hangovers and responsibilities
These Parties left people sick and hungover, this led to the Emperors and people disregarding responsibilities
Gladiator Games and Cruelty
These emperors also created a love for seeing brutality and cruelty against the poor and needy, these were called, Gladiator Games. This led to a decline in the Empire
Two of the worst emperors in the Roman empire emerged and led to many problems and eventually the end of the Roman Empire...
Political and Military Corruption
The history of choosing a Roman Emperor
The Romans never really new how to choose a new emperor, they started by having the original emperor, the senate, the military, and the Praetorian Guard.
The Praetorian Guard eventually gained all the power of choosing and emperor and this led to some very bad choices...
The reality of being a Roman Emperor
Truthfully I would never want to become an Emperor during this time for the reason that 27 of the next 35 emperors were assassinated by the people.
As you can see on the graph, most emperors were killed by Roman Soldiers and almost none died of natural causes.
This led to many bad choices from the Roman Emperors and as you can see in many other ways, this led to the Roman Empire ending.