The Third Punic War is one of the most important events, because after the past two wars with Carthage, Rome wanted to wipe them out completely, so that they would control all trade in the Mediterranean sea. So in the year 149 BC, Rome waged war against Carthage. This war ended up spelling the doom for Carthage, and with Rome now the king of all trade in the Mediterranean sea. Thanks to Rome winning the war, they brought thousands upon thousands of slaves from Carthage, and this is wear the problem starts. The patricians were able to buy the slaves, and make them work for no pay, while the plebeians could not buy the slaves. So since most people back then were farmers, it caused the amount of food that was being produced to sky rocket. This meant that the value of food went down, and the plebeians money source had just been decreased which caused massive unemployment. The patricians got richer, while the plebeians got poorer. So what occurred is massive amounts of plebeians went to the city to find jobs, but found out that all the jobs were taken, which caused massive poverty, homelessness, and unemployment. This would have a huge effect on the Roman Republic.