China tourist information for The consumerism of the city of Rome encouraged imports from throughout the empire and beyond, but the rich lived in excess, while many others lived in squalor and, at times, as many as one in three inhabitants of the Empire was enslaved, leading to constant fears of slave revolts. Furthermore, the Roman mob had to be constantly satisfied with handouts, bloody spectacles, and games, and as many as 170 holidays. All this extravagance imposed enormous cost on the treasury and productivity. And the benefits of Roman rule ceased under weak, mad, or tyrannical emperors. But Rome's greatest economic problems came when the empire stopped growing, for its economic strength came from the constant flow of riches and slaves from conquered territories. When the Empire's growth ended, so did the spoils fueling the system. Division, decline, and fall. China tourist information 2016.