Expansion brought a few negatives such as unemployment and increased the number of poor people in Rome. Also some people believed expansion weakened the stability of the government
Some positives were that it protect Italy from attacks and gave women rights
Expansion caused the displacement of many small farmers who lost their land in battle or could not afford their land. The small farmers drifted towards the big cities, particularly Rome. That made Rome very crowded.
Much of Rome’s money was put into defending the empire
So much money was being put into the Roman Military that there was little money for other things such as providing public housing and maintaining the roads
Romans also lost interest in defending the empire. Hiring soldiers was very expensive and the government raised taxes in order to pay for it. Most people who paid the taxes were farmers and businessmen which hurt the economy
The civil wars created enormous economic problems. Wars cost money and to get that money emperors raised taxes.
However, few people had high enough incomes to pay what they owed
Empire’s supply of gold and silver was declining and made it hard to pay the taxes. Wealthy Romans paid for imported goods with Roman coin, and more gold and silver coins left the empire that could be replaced.
The most important ideas I learned about in Rome would be the fall of Rome. I think the fall of Rome was the most important idea because today we face a lot the same problems in American right now. Also the U.S. can learn from Rome’s mistakes and make our country better and solve all the problems we face today. My #1 reason for the fall of Rome would be Political Corruption. Rome might have been more successful if they found a more effective way to pick their emperors.