Presentation on theme: " During the third century A.D. all three sources of prosperity that existed during Pax Ramana disappeared. Trade collasped Loss of money Farms."— Presentation transcript:
During the third century A.D. all three sources of prosperity that existed during Pax Ramana disappeared. Trade collasped Loss of money Farms were falling apart and grain was no longer being produced.
Raised taxes to try to get more money Started minting coins with less silver Led to inflation -Money value goes down, prices of goods go up
Lack of fertility in farms Farmers begin to abandon farms because of the high taxes Slave labor discourages the use of technology Food Shortages War Lack of loyalty in the military
Discipline and loyalty collapse Soldiers were no longer loyal to Rome Government begin to recruit Mercenaries – foreign Soldiers which fought for money. They accepted little money for their services but were not loyal to Rome.
Romans once believed holding a political office was an honor Fewer Romans chose to serve in the Government Only the military remained interested in the Government In a 50 year period, 50 generals served as Emperors of Rome
For 200 years Rome hung on with the Help of Reformers Diocletian Governed as absolute ruler – No Freedoms Doubled the size of the military Set fixed prices of goods to stop inflation Ordered farmers and other workers to stay at their jobs for life Prosecuted Christians Divided Rome in half – East and West because he felt Rome was to big to controlConstantine Gained control of Diocletian western empire Continued many of Diocletian reforms In 330 A.D. he moved the Capital east from Rome to the Greek city of Byzantium The move helped stabilize trade He renamed the city after himself – Constantinople