This page cannot be viewed in frames

Go to page

If you have found a spelling error, please, notify us by selecting that text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

Third century CE was time of great crisis in Roman Empire

This post is also available in: Polish (polski)

Legionnaires from the 3rd century CE
Legionaries from 3rd century CE | Illustration by Johnny Shumate

Third century CE it was a time of a mighty crisis of the Roman Empire. The crisis of the 3rd century historians also call “the age of anarchy”; “transition period”, “era of soldiers-emperors” and “military monarchy”. The need to defend the borders against the invasions of the Germanic tribes and the Persian army forced the emperors to over-expand their army, the cost of which increased and the Roman economy was unable to bear them.

The supply system, the emperors imposed huge fiscal burdens on the population and supplemented the shortages in the treasury by the so-called “spoiling the coin”, ie putting into circulation a coin which, instead of precious metals, contained a large admixture of base metals.

The “spoilage of the coin” led to hyperinflation, which was tried to be contained by the tools of the command economy. Roman Empire between 200 and 280 CE has hit dramatically high inflation. The wheat bale then increased from 16 to 120,000 drachmas.

Sources
  • The Sydney Morning Herald, "Rome—Places to See", 28 Listopada 2008

IMPERIUM ROMANUM needs your support!

Your financial help is needed, in order to maintain and develop the website. Even the smallest amounts will allow me to pay for further corrections, improvements on the site and pay the server. I believe that I can count on a wide support that will allow me to devote myself more to my work and passion, to maximize the improvement of the website and to present history of ancient Romans in an interesting form.

Support IMPERIUM ROMANUM!

News from world of ancient Rome

If you want to be up to date with news and discoveries from the world of ancient Rome, subscribe to the newsletter.

Subscribe to newsletter!

Roman bookstore

I encourage you to buy interesting books about the history of ancient Rome and antiquity.

Check out bookstore

Spelling error report

The following text will be sent to our editors: