What have the Romans ever done for us? The best thing they did was to leave, an historian has suggested.
Despite being credited for bringing roads, sanitation and medicine to Britain, amongst other things, studies show that Britons had a longer life expectancy after the fall of the Roman Empire. Research into graves dating from 400AD to 650AD show, on average, people lived for around two years longer after the Romans had left.
Robin Fleming, professor of history from Boston College in the US, said that once Roman taxes were lifted people were able to eat more nutritious food and thus lived longer.
Not wholly sure I believe it but still…..although of late empire maybe I would believe it.