The benefits and economy of Rome
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Today we will be teaching you about the benefits and economy of Rome.
Hi! My name is Nina and this is my brother George.
Welcome to Rome
First, lets talk about aqueducts.
An aqueduct is a system used to carry water down from the mountains.
The water goes down to public fountains, public baths, and in-home fountains for the patricians everyday by the gallons.
And it is fresh!
Next, lets talk about free food!!
The government gives out free wheat on a daily basis. A lot of us are poor, and we often went hungry.
Moving on, we have entertainment!
The wheat comes from taxes that the farmers pay, which has an effect on them, but we'll talk about that later.
The emperors spent a lot of money on games and circuses to keeps us busy and distracted from our problems.
Almost half of the days in the year are holidays and on those holidays we can go to Circus Maximus which is a huge arena that can hold about 200,00 people!
Some of the entertainment includes chariot races, gladiator fights, and executing criminals! Yeah, were pretty fond of bloody events.
But nobody took enough interest in their government or work. Okay. Now lets talk about farmers.
The emperors made the farmers give away most of their surplus to the government in taxes.
Since this surplus was used to feed the poor for free, the farmers made no profit from their work.
This wasn't fair to the farmers. So why would they work hard if they made no money of what they had grown?
So they didn't work hard for a government that was keeping them poor.
Welcome to Rome
Well, that's it for today kids! We'll have to wait until next time to see what happens next!
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