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lamberts-lost-tooth
02-16-2008, 12:13 PM
Reasons for the fall of the Roman Empire
adapted from History Alive material


There were many reasons for the fall of the Roman Empire. Each one intertwined with the next.

Decline in Morals and Values

Those morals and values that kept together the Roman legions and thus the empire could not be maintained towards the end of the empire. Crimes of violence made the streets of the larger cities unsafe.

Public Health

There were many public health and environmental problems. Many of the wealthy had water brought to their homes through lead pipes. Previously the aqueducts had even purified the water but at the end lead pipes were thought to be preferable. The wealthy death rate was very high. Those who lived on the streets in continuous contact allowed for an uninterrupted strain of disease much like the homeless in the poorer run shelters of today. Alcohol use increased as well adding to the incompetency of the general public.

Political Corruption

One of the most difficult problems was choosing a new emperor. Unlike Greece where transition may not have been smooth but was at least consistent, the Romans never created an effective system to determine how new emperors would be selected. The choice was always open to debate between the old emperor, the Senate, the Praetorian Guard (the emperor's's private army), and the army. .

Spending

Maintaining an army to defend the border of the Empire from barbarian attacks was a constant drain on the government. Military spending left few resources for other vital activities, such as providing public housing and maintaining quality roads and aqueducts.

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Fall of the Patriot Dynasty*


Decline in Morals and Values

Belichicks attitude of any means to justify the end. Playing team members whom doctors had warned should not play due to head injury. Refusing to shake hands with coaches and players in a show of poor sportsmanship.


Public Health

Steroid induced strokes. Players suspended for HGH use. Arrested for Marijuana possession and attempt to distribute

Political Corruption

Stealing signals and then lying to the Commissioner. Failing to properly place players on the injury list, or keeping the same players on the injury list for years.

Spending

"Buying" a team in the hopes of securing a legacy. Needing $85 million dollars to retain a handful of players. Turning their back on the traditional method of building a team through the draft but rather intending to wave money at other teams rosters in order to build from outside the organization.

k7brown
02-16-2008, 12:48 PM
Very Nice... I like it!!

polamalu82
02-16-2008, 01:02 PM
True, very true.

revefsreleets
02-16-2008, 04:54 PM
Boss Smiley is gonna mess up this thread by crying his crocodile tears all over it in 3,2,1....

lamberts-lost-tooth
02-16-2008, 05:16 PM
Boss Smiley is gonna mess up this thread by crying his crocodile tears all over it in 3,2,1....

I have this thread, a fake welfare check and a can of spam......the trap is set....Just waiting for our little round headed goblin.:wantsome:

revefsreleets
02-16-2008, 05:48 PM
Oooohhh boy...he'll be SO sad.

Mistah_Q
02-16-2008, 07:18 PM
That Reasons for the fall of the Roman Empire sound eerily similar to the current U.S. situation

Aussie_steeler
02-17-2008, 05:52 AM
this is what happens when the following people,

* Goddell * Kraft
* Belichick * Brady

all hop in the same bed

and allow lack of morals and values, greed, power and corruption go to their heads.

Eventually they get careless and forget to take proper precautions thinking that they will never get caught .......

then one little insignificant living thing catches up with them

and sets their whole world on fire

bringing an empire to its knees


http://img.metro.co.uk/i/pix/2007/11/toybugs6ARGP_450x301.jpg

GIves a new meaning to warm and fuzzy.

lamberts-lost-tooth
02-18-2008, 05:37 AM
this is what happens when the following people,

* Goddell * Kraft
* Belichick * Brady

all hop in the same bed

and allow lack of morals and values, greed, power and corruption go to their heads.

Eventually they get careless and forget to take proper precautions thinking that they will never get caught .......

then one little insignificant living thing catches up with them

and sets their whole world on fire

bringing an empire to its knees


http://img.metro.co.uk/i/pix/2007/11/toybugs6ARGP_450x301.jpg

GIves a new meaning to warm and fuzzy.

Looks like a giant pink sperm cell!!!!!!!!!!!!!

sherlock
02-18-2008, 12:09 PM
Just a thought llt....The Roman Empire lasted about a 1000 years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:jawdrop:

lamberts-lost-tooth
02-18-2008, 12:30 PM
Just a thought llt....The Roman Empire lasted about a 1000 years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:jawdrop:

But that was before Free Agency.:flap:

sherlock
02-18-2008, 12:49 PM
But that was before Free Agency.:flap:

:sofunny:

And anyway,what have the Romans ever done for us!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaE3EaQte78

lamberts-lost-tooth
02-18-2008, 12:57 PM
:sofunny:

And anyway,what have the Romans ever done for us!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaE3EaQte78

Well,....they did invent underwear and the first flushing toilets....so they have been dealing with covering and distributing crap for a long time....HEY!!! another thing they have in common with the Patriots*.

SteelersMongol
02-19-2008, 07:04 AM
Just a thought llt....The Roman Empire lasted about a 1000 years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:jawdrop:

& the Pats "dynasty" made it through all the way to 2007 & got away with 3 tainted SB's since 2000. :banging:

lamberts-lost-tooth
02-19-2008, 08:31 AM
:sofunny:

And anyway,what have the Romans ever done for us!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaE3EaQte78

They also gave us Franco Harris!!:sofunny:

tony hipchest
02-19-2008, 09:25 AM
They also gave us Franco Harris!!:sofunny: and ray romano :hunch:

lamberts-lost-tooth
02-19-2008, 09:50 AM
and ray romano :hunch:

...Ray Ramano....Ray Ramono....:tap:...thought he played for the Cowboys?