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Unformatted text preview: population, so that was a big blow to their overall economy because as the population decreases, tax collecting decreases. The rulers of Rome made a new law regarding taxes as a result of the loss of citizens. They made in effect a law that forced tax collectors to pay the remainder of taxes that the people they collected from were unable to pay. If they could not collect, then they would pay the penalty. However, with many people being unable to pay their share of the high taxes in Rome, tax collectors soon became as poor as the people they were collecting from. An entire echelon of Roman society was demoted, so to say, as a result of this new law. With a new found number of poor citizens in Rome, the taxes decreased even less, and with continued troubles with trade, Roman currency continued to become less and less valuable. Economic decay was undoubtedly a major cause for the downfall of the Roman Empire....
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This essay was uploaded on 04/06/2008 for the course HST 102 taught by Professor Satterlee during the Spring '08 term at ASU.
- Spring '08