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Decline of the Roman Empire Rome wasnt built in a day it took hundreds of years to expand its empire Romes success was due to the fact of the character of its people and the quality of their statesmanship pg 125 It took hundreds of years for The Roman Empire to collapse The Roman Empire didnt fall because of any single reason It fell because of a chain reaction similar to the domino effect When the character of its people began to decay so did the empire When Rome began to decline its concern wasnt for its people many were concern for their individual needs Governors tax collectors and senators began to exploit their positions pg 132 The senate only cared for preserving its powers while gaining wealth through their political power They also substituted violence for reason while killing many who tried to oppose them pg 134 This created class tension would lead to civil war because of poor leadership and a power hungry ruling class Many soldiers and farmers lost their lands through taxation this struggle between wealthy and small farmer created even more tensions Through expansion many conquered slaves were sent to Rome Thousand of Greek slaves were brought to Rome bringing their views of culture and society This effected small farmers because with the influx of slaves their was little need for small farmers Rome received much of its wealth through conquest Since there was no empire left to conquer this would lead to economic problems Rome could support such a large empire spanning from Spain to the Persian Gulf with having a upper class with such expensive taste Romes huge army had to be maintained to instill security to its people Maintenance of public construction such as cleaning the streets building and maintaining roads and feeding the empire With the
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