Italy 200 CE

Italy holds a privileged position within the Roman empire.

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What is happening in Italy in 200CE

Italy has seen more than two centuries of almost unbroken peace. The peninsula is very much the metropolitan core of the Roman empire.

On the other hand, Italy’s traditional industries have been increasingly challenged by new industries springing up in the provinces. Also, Italy’s population seems unable to replace itself properly, which has alarmed the imperial government – special schemes to support orphans have been set up throughout Italy to help promote population growth.

Some towns show signs of economic strain, perhaps due to the preponderance of great senatorial estates in the peninsula (Roman senators are required to have at least a quarter of their property in Italy). These take large amounts of land (and hence wealth) beyond the reach of local town governments.

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