The Fall of Rome
The Roman Empire suffered many problems in
its final years. There was a decline in morals and
Romans would watch the bloody Gladiatorial games and
cheer for a gladiator’s death. The streets of
Rome were infested
with crime and violence. Some Emperors wasted money
lavish parties instead of using it to help with the
were affecting Rome
during that time. Also, there was an increase
in prices. The amount of gold used to make coins decreased,
resulting in coins becoming less valuable. Merchants
prices on what they sold to make up for such losses.
was also one of the reasons why Rome
fell. Romans that were
not wealthy had to live in cramped multi-story apartment
buildings called islands. The first-floor rooms were
occupied by poor Romans because of the rent money they
had to pay. The higher floors had a cheaper rent. Those
could not pay their rent, were forced out on the streets.
However, the Roman Empire has
many lasting achievements too.
Latin was the written and spoken language of Rome.
was also written in Latin. Also, women had more rights
freedom. They could own property and had political
The Romans also had aqueducts, a creation that brought
from lakes, springs, and wells. There was a spread
It was a new religion and soon became the official
religion of Rome.
Rome also had a network of concrete roads.
The roads were built to unify distant parts of Rome.
Today, the legacy of the Roman Empire
continues to influence
our community in a variety of ways. Women still have
equal rights and freedom they did back then. And many
the English language originated from Latin. And some
Latin is still
spoken throughout some parts of Rome
today. Like aqueducts,
we still have a system to transport water. We still
roads today in our highways, sidewalks, and even buildings.
Also, Christianity is a foundation for many other religions.
We have many things to attribute to the Roman