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Why did the Romans become hedonistic?

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Submitted : 2018-02-26 00:03:50    Popularity:     

Tags: Romans  hedonistic  

I am currently reading the history of Rome and am just loving the marvelous stories and epic heroism of this great people. I am as far as the period after the conquest of Macedonia. These include the final war with Carthage, the war with Viriathus, and

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My theory is that it's because there was nothing left to challenge them any more.

History has shown numerous times that if a society is not constantly challenged, And provided with fresh obstacles to overcome, it begins to stagnate.

Unfortunately greed and selfishness is in human nature. A common threat unites people and makes them set their personal desires aside for the common good. "help me, help yourself". If there is no common threat the people begin to indulge their own personal desires and society begins to stagnate. And when the leadership begins to indulge their own personal desires over the good of society as a whole then society begins to break down due to infighting.

Elagabalus became emperor when his aunt used the Legio III Gallica to defeat the Praetorian attempts to install their own man. That should tell you that the Empire was already in decline.

MONEY....begets....POWER....'and power corrupts absolutely', (Lord Acton).
After the Carthage era wars, the already rich and super rich of Rome had it all. No tests, no competitors, and all of 100 million slaves. The Roman rich/ super rich no longer needed to be fit, exercise, try hard, to work, to produce, learn anything. In a few generations they slacked to be useless, brain dead rich morns. It's called decadence.

The Praetorian Guard was an elite unit of the Imperial Roman Army whose members served as personal bodyguards to the Roman emperors. During the era of the Roman Republic, the Praetorians served as a small escort force for high-ranking officials such as senators or provincial governors like Procurators. With the Republic's transition into the Roman Empire, however, the first emperor Augustus founded the Guard as his personal security detail. Although they continued to serve in this capacity for roughly three centuries, the Guard became notable for its intrigue and interference in the Roman military, participating in games and recruitment off of legionnaires and Roman Politics, to the point of overthrowing emperors and proclaiming their successors. In 312 the Guard was ultimately disbanded by Constantine the Great.

"How my spirits were raised when I read about Scipio Aemilianus and Gulussa fighting side by side."

...... erm...... quite!

14 yr. old Syrian boys? I have not ever read that part...can you elaborate? who these boys were?

but I think it had to do something with the Romans worst fear happening...the advent of "Kings" or "Emperors"..."dynasties"..such as the Juilo Claudian dynasty became corrupted and greedy and selfish and worthless, just like the Romans had feared would happen if another "royal family" ruled over the Romans again



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