Fall of the Roman Empire. The Roman Empire. 1. Decline in Morals and Values. Crimes made larger cities unsafe Emperors wasted money on parties (Nero and Caligula) Coliseum events. 2. Public Health. Many wealthy people had water brought to their homes through led pipes
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Crimes made larger cities unsafe
Emperors wasted money on parties (Nero and Caligula)
Many wealthy people had water brought to their homes through led pipes
Interaction of the public (Spread of disease)
Alcohol use increased (incompetency of the general public)
It was always difficult choosing a new emperor (never came up with a system)
Army would sell the throne to the highest bidder
Farmers lost or sold their farms
Cities filled with unemployed people
Emperor imported grain
Once the Romans stopped conquering new lands, the flow of gold into the Roman economy decreased.
But much gold was being spent by the Romans to pay for luxury items
Wealthy Romans lived in a domus or house (marble and tile, glass windows)
Most lived in apartments with six or more stories (called islands) Each Island covered an entire block.
At one time there were 44,000 apartment houses within city walls
Romans relied so much on human and animal labor they failed to invent many new machines for new technology
Could not produce enough food for the growing population
Maintaining an army to defend the border of the empire from barbarian attacks was a drain on the government
This took money away from other important things
Frustrated Romans lost their desire to defend the empire.