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Rome was not built in a day nor did it fall in a day Many factors contributed to the fall of the Roman Empire The most important factors were that the cities consumed without producing and that disease ravaged the Roman world The Roman cities never became commercial cities like the cities of the Greek Empire After the Punic Wars the plebian farmers flocked to the cities looking for food Their farms had been demolished and there was no food left for them and their families to eat Rome gave them the food they were looking for The cities never became a place to find work they were only places to find food People were no longer expected to earn their food Rome gave them handouts After the Punic Wars the farmers came to the cities only knowing how to farm and fight wars Their farms were destroyed Some were able to fight for the professional army but others were left with nothing to do These first families had no skills to pass down to their descendants A couple of generations passed and there were no more people that knew how to farm much less anything else Rome made this worse by not educating the masses that first came to the cities after the Punic Wars This practice continued and eventually the cities were places to find bread and circuses The poor were given food and entertainment They were entertained so they would not riot and cause problems for the Roman government Large coliseums were used to hold the gladiatorial games These games gave the people the bloody entertainment they wanted The games became more and more gory Rome had to do this to keep the poor happy and content Even at Rome s beginning in the third century BC the cities were not producers They were unable to overcome this and become producers By the end of the Roman Empire
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