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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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1 decline in morals and values
1. Decline in Morals and Values

Crimes made larger cities unsafe

Emperors wasted money on parties (Nero and Caligula)

Coliseum events

2 public health
2. Public Health

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)

3 political corruption
3. Political Corruption

It was always difficult choosing a new emperor (never came up with a system)

Army would sell the throne to the highest bidder

4 unemployment
4. Unemployment

Farmers lost or sold their farms

Cities filled with unemployed people

Emperor imported grain

5 inflation
5. Inflation

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

6 urban decay
6. Urban Decay

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

7 inferior technology
7. Inferior Technology

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

8 military spending
8. Military Spending

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.