September 2 2011
The Crisis of the Third Century
The Crisis of the Third Century was the era in which the Roman Empire almost collapsed under the many myriad of pressures including economic depression, civil war, plague and invasion. Because war was expensive, the Roman Empire had to increase taxes and this caused for many of the Romans to be upset and for the economy to be in a crisis. Revolts were also started because many of the civilians retaliated back because of such high taxes. The Crisis began with the assassination of Alexander Severus and because his own troops killed him, for the next fifty years many claimants named as emperors tried to rule Rome entirely and rule the Imperial Rome. Although the Romans did create the largest and most successful political government, lack of working together and not knowing any kind of political information of the emperor selected at the time, also caused for their crisis to begin in a bad start. “An additional definition is the act of deliberately killing someone especially a public figure, usually for hire or for political reasons. Assassinations may be prompted by religious, ideological” (Ott, J). The Roman Empire was built by cities, the people, and their military, which at the beginning sounded smart, and later because of lack of teamwork the empire was at a near fall. Inflation and with a collapsed currency, only seemed to make things worse for the Roman Empire. These are only some of the reasons that contributed to the fall of the Roman Empire and caused great changes to the roman people. “As Roman territory grew, conquest continued to fuel further conquest, but this was not a pattern that could continue indefinitely” (Ott, J) P1. For the most part this common pattern was only the main beginning to tragedy for this empire.
The three main key events for this empire to come to a fall were the...