Posted on January 7, 2016 by WashingtonsBlog
The Praetorian Guard—the emperor’s personal bodyguards—assassinated and installed new sovereigns at will, and once even auctioned the spot off to the highest bidder [and see, ‘this’);” href=”https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Praetorian_Guard#Political_role”>this]. The political rot also extended to the Roman Senate, which failed to temper the excesses of the emperors due to its own widespread corruption and incompetence. As the situation worsened, civic pride waned and many Roman citizens lost trust in their leadership.
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