Rome was the pinnacle of ancient civilizations, due to its vast empire and might; Rome controlled a majority of modern day Europe and the Middle-East. However, the Romans still fell prey to the ideas of corruption. The roman senators had bribed and bribed their soldiers, just to bribe them with more money freshly minted only for this purpose. The senators repeatedly minted new money to pay the soldiers, which caused a enormous drop in the value of the roman coin (Brain Pop). However, senators needed more than just the loyalty of the soldiers; they wanted more influence in Rome. The soldiers defending the borders of the Roman Empire were used to fight the other guards patrolling the borders so many senators and generals could own more land. This caused massive gaps in the border allowing foreign invaders to gain free entrance to Rome. In the end, the population of the invaders overpowered the Roman guards, resulting in the collapse of Rome (Brain Pop). To launch a military campaign, these senators and generals needed money, and the biggest source of the money was from the government vault or tax money from the citizens. After a time, the government expenses became too heavy, leading to unrepaired bridges and roads, even the taxes could not support the government any longer. This led to an increase in banditry, which further increased the decline in trade, ruining Rome’s financial structure (In class PowerPoint). One interesting fact about Rome is that Rome had become too big, it had done well expanding but in the end, it could never really control all the land it had taken over. Its rapid expansion caused some problems for Rome, the soldiers were stretched thin to patrol the borders and there were not enough troops defending the cities, so the invaders were able to attack at once, surprising the Romans (In class PowerPoint). Overall, Rome may have lasted had there been no corruption but without mistakes we would not learn from anything, we... [continues]
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