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Urban Decay
Rich had domus/houses with marbel walls/floors, glass windows. Poor lived in apartments buildings called "Islands" that covered and entire block. 44,000 apartments houses in rome at one time.upper apartments were cheaper,dangeous, and crowded. many people that couldn't a ford apartments lived on the crime infested streets
Rise in Christianity
Christianity made followers pacifists-> oppose or war. couldn't defend Rome from barbarian attacts. Money that could of been used to defend Rome it was used for mantained churches/ monasteries.
Infation
After Marcus Arlieus,Romans stopped conquering-> stopped getting gold-> Used less gold coins-> inflation
Enviormental And Public Heath Problem
Leaders killed off by consuming too much lead ( rich could afford lead pipes to pipe water, cooked with lead utensils)
Inferior Technolgey
Romans built roads, bridges, and aquadects- excelled in engenering and public sevises. established medicine to help the poor. relied on slaves/animal laborso no need to invent machines or automate productions.
Unemployment
Farmers on small farms couldn't use slaves like the larger farms. larger farms sold for cheaper. Smaller farmers lost their farms- flooded cities- emporor had to import grain to feed 100,000 unemployed in Rome alone
Pollitical Corruption
No effictive system for choosing a new emperor.old senate, old emperor and emperor's private army and army fought over emperor. PG gradually got full authority new emperor bribed PG. Then begining to sell the throne to the highest bidder
Barbaian Invasion
Roman soliders pulled from the border to fight in the civial war in Italy. Germanic hnters and hunters and herders invaded tribal cheifs ruled West and let roads and bridges go un prepaired feilds untiled, pirates and bandits made travel unsafe, cities declined and trade started to dissapear.
excessive military spending to defend the empire
having armies defend borders consumed government money. No money for public houseing and roads
decline in morals and values
Violence made streets unsafe. Emperors spent money on lavished parties.romans watched gladiators in combat