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Reasons for the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.

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Rome fall In 509 B.C. the Romans drove out the Etruscans in the Italian peninsula and took over. Rome had already grown from a group of small villages to a small city. It had established a new government and called it a Republic "a thing of people." Sooner it developed into a large Empire by taking over Greece, Asia Minor, Macedonia in the east and Carthage in the west. In the third century A.D the Western Roman Empire declined because of increased poverty, citizens lost their sense of patriotism, and there were few soldiers in the army. When the Empire started to decline, business dropped and there was little progress. According to Document 3 "First the economic factor ...While the empire was expanding; its prosperity was fed by plundered wealth and by new markets in the semi-barbaric provinces." Slaves took the jobs of farmers; bosses preferred slaves because of the low wages and farmers were left unemployed. In Document 3 it states "The abundance of slaves led to growth of the latifundia, the great estates that... came to dominate Agriculture and ruin the free coloni (farmers) ...read more.

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The shortage of soldiers made it easier for the barbaric tribes to take over parts of Rome. In the third century A.D the Western Roman Empire declined because of increased poverty, citizens lost their sense of patriotism, and there were few soldiers in the army. The problems came both from within the empire and from outside. The internal decay was the business dropped and most of the Romans became unemployed. Also, there wasn't any loyalty to Rome and the government. The external problems were there was a lack of Roman soldiers therefore; foreigners filled in their spots called mercenaries who fought for money and it resulted in barbaric invasions. Outline Body: paragraphs: Inside Info Documents Political Loyalty, no patriotism Document 1 Economic Business dropped, military debt, Taxation and unemployment Document 3 Document 4 Military Lack of Roman soldiers Barbarian Invasions Document 5 Document 6 Thesis: In the third century A.D the Western Roman Empire declined because of increased poverty, citizens lost their sense of patriotism, and there were few soldiers in the army. Introduction: In 509 B.C. the Romans drove out the Etruscans in the Italian peninsula and took over. ...read more.

Conclusion

3b. How was slavery a cause for the decline of the Roman Empire? Slavery is a cause of the decline of the Roman Empire because the rich who employ jobs pay less to the slaves for farming then the farmers and the rich make a profit while the farmers are left unemployed. 4a. Why did the Roman government have large expenses? The Roman government has large expenses because they had to pay for the maintenance of the army. 4b. What was the effect of high taxation on the people? The effect of high taxation on the people resulted in people leaving their jobs in their farms & businesses. 4c. What effect did the establishment of a government welfare system have on the people? The establishment of a government welfare system made the people weak and being dependent on the government. 5. What does this author identify as the cause of problems in the military? The causes of the problems in the military was that he army was full of Germans not Romans and the Germans weren't patriotic for Rome. 6a. According to the map above, what was the cause of the fall of the Roman Empire? The cause of the fall of Roman Empire was Barbaric invasions. 6b. Was this a unified attack? This wasn't a unified attack ...read more.

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