Essay on His 112/ the Crisis of the Third Century

1314 Words6 Pages
The Crisis of the Third Century His/112
September 2 2011

The Crisis of the Third Century The Crisis of the Third Century was the era in which the Roman Empire almost collapsed under the many myriad of pressures including economic depression, civil war, plague and invasion. Because war was expensive, the Roman Empire had to increase taxes and this caused for many of the Romans to be upset and for the economy to be in a crisis. Revolts were also started because many of the civilians retaliated back because of such high taxes. The Crisis began with the assassination of Alexander Severus and because his own troops killed him, for the next fifty years many claimants named
…show more content…
H., J 2009) P86. Many pieces of evidence from this era prove to show that these are the main reason on why this empire became a nightmare in a short period of time. During this era more than 35 emperors served their roman government and that made it insecure for people to rely and too many changes at once along with wrong choices. Since politically wise the government wasn’t secure, more services had to be rendered to the Romans and more money was being spent. “This also describes the factors such as economic instability, political divisiveness, and, most tellingly, military defeats and barbarian invasions that eventually tolled a death knell for one of history's longest-lived empires” (Pauli, D. N. 1998). The military was also at fault for this empire to fall because of the many small and big wars from the Germans and also the Persians. Emperors already had their hands full with other enemies for war and since the economy and taxes on the rise, Romans were battle ling each other and enemies took advantage of this to seize their moment for victory. “My point of view of the ascendancy of Rome, is part of the general view about the rise and fall of nations, which, in its turn, is part of my conviction about the providence of God” (Spilsbury, P. 2003). To some historians such as Spilsbury, religion also took some part in the effects of a bad managed government. The last crisis that really took a hard toll on
Get Access