In this book, the author Bryan Ward-Perkins is arguing fervently that the fall of Rome was a violent experience for the people involved, which involved much bloodshed and catastrophe.
It was centered more on radical change than gradual transformation and was characterized by decline and resulted in a decline in civilized values which actually that a number of Roman cultural achievements were lost.
In other words, if a poor person could not pay their full share, the tax collector paid the rest.
This concept wiped out a whole class of moderately wealthy people. Rome believed the workers of society should not benefit from slavery. Eastern slaves started doing technical work, which resulted in all technical work being looked down on. Upper-class Romans were content with what they had become.
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The debate about the fall of Rome and the way it happened is a centuries-old one and its vitality has been undiminished over the years.
The traditional theory has the Roman Empire being violently overturned by barbarian Germanic tribes who started invading en masse during the last years of the fourth century.
That wasn’t the first time that the Empire had to deal with pressure on its borders, but this time it eventually collapsed because it had already declined as a civilization due to internal problems.
The rulers of Rome had very expensive lifestyles, and were a very proud people. The way they gained their money was through taxing the poor.
In response to this act, the poor fled to other lands, which were barbaric.