How Excessive Government Killed Ancient Rome

17 Pages Posted: 24 Oct 2010

Date Written: Fall 1994

Abstract

This paper argues that the fall of ancient Rome was principally due to excessive government. It led to inflation and high taxation that sapped Rome's economic strength and eventually made it impossible for the western empire to afford to defend itself.

Keywords: Ancient Rome, taxation

JEL Classification: N00

Suggested Citation

Bartlett, Bruce, How Excessive Government Killed Ancient Rome (Fall 1994). Cato Journal, Vol. 14, No. 2, 1994, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1697206

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