During this time, the Roman army was very powerful, but, the government was weak.An emperor had to pay higher wages his soldiers just to stay in office.When the emperor couldn't pay them, the soldiers turned against him.Then some civil wars came out.Legion fought legion to put a new emperor on the thrown.In a span of 50 years, Rome had 22 emperors.Most of them were killed by their body guards or a soldier.
Roman society was also suffering.Many Romans didn't honor the traditional values of duty, courage, and honesty.Dishonest government officials took bribes, and few talented citizens wanted to hold government office.Many rich Romans stopped paying their taxes, then a large part empire's population consisted of Enslaved laborers.
A Weak Economy
A weak government led to a weak economy.Soldiers and foreign invaders disrupted trades and attacked farms.This lead to less food.The food prices then jumped up.The government then produced more coins.But the didn't have a big supply of gold and silver.This made the coins value reduce.Because the coins value reduced, people began to barter.(Trade goods instead of money).
Germanic And Persian Invaders
When Rome continued to struggle, Germanic invaders raided the western empire.While Persian invaders raided the eastern empire.People in Rome built walls for protection.With less money to use, the government hired Germanic soldiers.But the Germanic soldiers had no loyal for them.
In A.D. 284, A general named Diocletian became emperor.He made reforms to make Rome better.He built forts along its frontiers for protection, He split Rome into four parts, those four parts had their own leader, but, he held authority over all of them.He made workers work the same job till they died.But, the people ignored the rules and he couldn't enforce them.
The Fall Of Rome
When Diocletian left office, conflict broke out again until a general name Costantine became emperor.