The benefits and economy of Rome
Updated: 6/8/2020
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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