preview

Barbarian Invasions

explanatory Essay
771 words
771 words
bookmark

The Roman Empire was one of the largest in history. At its height in 117 A.D.,it spanned from Iberia all the way to the Caspian Sea, covering over 5 million square kilometers. The Roman Empire left behind a vast legacy, consisting of art, architecture, and religion. However, like all empires, the Roman empire fell. Usually, when people think of the fall of the Roman Empire, they think of the fall of the Western Roman Empire, formed after Diocletian split the Roman Empire in 284 A.D. The three main reasons that the Western Roman Empire fell were economic problems, flaws in the military, and barbarian invasions. One reason the Roman Empire fell was because it was suffering from major economic problems. For instance, they relied heavily on …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that the roman empire spanned from iberia all the way to the caspian sea, covering over 5 million square kilometers. however, like all empires, it fell.
  • Explains that the roman empire fell because it was suffering from major economic problems, such as over-reliance on slavery, inflation and the loss of value of money.
  • Explains that the western roman empire fell because of the problems with its military, such as using barbarians to defend their borders and allowing them to farm.
  • Explains that the western roman empire fell due to economic troubles, flaws in the military, and barbarian invasions.

Some particularly bad invasions were led by Attila. Attila led an army of Huns into the Roman Empire. These attacks weakened the Roman empire. A second reason why barbarian invasions brought down the empire was because towns that were attacked multiple times lost their ability to produce wealth. This affected the economy of the empire. A third and final reason why barbarian invasions ended the empire was the invasion of Goths led by Odoacer, who became the first barbarian king of the Roman Empire. This day in 477 officially marks the end of the Western Roman Empire. Shown through the attacks by Attila, the towns that could no longer produce wealth, and the invasion by Odoacer, barbarian invasions helped lead to the fall of the Western Roman Empire. However, none of this is to say that the Roman Empire was not a great empire, It had many great qualities that kept it alive from 27 B.C. up to its fall in 477 A.D. That’s 504 years. If the Roman Empire were not strong, it wouldn’t have survived all those years. Accomplishments from the Roman Empire include aqueducts, bridges, the Silk Road, and Christianity. These achievements were left behind in its legacy which is still alive

Get Access