considered such a threat to the Roman Empire?
1 Years of peace had meant that most Roman citizens had lost
the ability to defend themselves against armed attack.
2 They not only damaged agriculture but also forced Roman
governments to waste tax revenue on military expenditure.
3 The Germanic invaders charged citizens in rich provinces less
tax,which encouraged them to resist Roman rule.
4 They increasingly refused to pay taxes to Rome,leaving the
authorities unable to maintain the Empire.