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The Roman Empire lasted for over a thousand years from 756BC to 476AD But from 180 to 476 Rome decreased There are many many reasons that it decreased At one point it was said that Rome was more respected than feared That was said only 42 years before Rome began to decrease How did this world domination go from being the most powerful empire in the world to completely nonexistent That is what Ill be answering in this essayThe last emperor before the decline of Rome began was Marcus Aurelius He was the third best emperor in Romes history He was kind benevolent and humane But during his reign the Pax Romana ended The Pax Romana is the 200-year period of peace in Ancient Rome It was said to be the greatest gift Rome gave to the ancient world This was one of the first events that started the chain of events that made Rome disapear One of the most important reasons for the fall of Rome was the economy There were many economic problems in Rome Ill first start with the prisoners of war or the lack there of When Emperor Hadrian drew the boundaries and said Rome could grow no more in 121 AD the empire lost one of the three largest sources of income prisoners of war Another major source of income was trade Rome acted like the middleman in trade between the provinces The provinces were told what to produce and they produced it sold it to Rome who would then sell it to the other provinces for a higher price But when the provinces became more and more independent they cut out the middleman all together So in that action the provinces were taking one of Romes largest sources of income The third economic source for Rome was taxes As the two other sources of income began to disappear the Rome government raised the taxes for the people of Rome
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