Rome at its peak was one of the greatest empires in the history of the world. Rome had modest beginnings, in the 10th century BC. (Knight, H) Soon, however Rome was to become one of the largest empires of its time. However, when Rome hit its peak everything started to go wrong. Rome started to suffer both economically and socially. The economic crisis during the later parts of Rome’s existence was a major contributor to the decline of Rome. Socially, Rome started to fail socially with huge inequality and the increased use of slaves putting many out of work. (Knight, H) As well, there was sparks of conflict internally leading to countless civil wars between different political groups. (Knight, H) The political aspect of society was also a massive downfall for the romans. The emperors were chosen by violence, or by birth, so they weren’t always capable leaders. They started to get lazy and not work hard to solve the issues for the lower class. (Knight, H)
The Roman Empire was, for a long period of time, one of the greatest and largest Empires in the world. Rome had conquered most of Europe and parts of Asia and Africa too, and it stretched an area of over 2500 miles across and 1000 miles in length. Although the size of the Empire was extraordinary, like all Empires, it fell. There are a number of factors that contributed to the demise of the Roman Empire such as the introduction of Christianity, the economy, constant war or the division of the Empire but these factors would all take hundreds of years for the fall of Rome.
Danyah Khan English Language Arts April 29, 2014 The fall of the Roman Empire Rome was known to be a very progressive era with advancements in science, technology, and education. For example, Roman concrete helped them with their buildings and bridges, and some of the things made with Roman concrete still stand today. Romans also created calendars, and figured out how to make arches for buildings to keep them from falling from their own weight. However, even with prosperous times like this, eventually, there came economic, political, military, and societal factors that led to the fall of Rome.
Rome was one of, if not, the most influential civilization in the western world. Rome once ruled the majority of the known western world, yet it was unable to hold that title. The Roman Empire eventually came to an end just like many other civilization, but the reasons for its downfall are still being debated to this day. Rome didn’t disappear overnight it was a steady downfall that consisted of several different symptoms. Symptoms that when combined together created the perfect storm to bring down the most powerful Empire in the world at that time, at least the western portion of it.
The beginning of Rome came with many advantages from the start as it was surrounded by the sea. There were endless possibilities of trade and because of the major influence by the Greeks who settled south of Italy potential was a trait that was in the waiting. The Greeks taught the Romans necessary skills such as reading and writing and their religion was majorly influenced from Greek mythology. When Rome was at the top it stretched from south of Egypt, across the North Sea, from the north of England, and along Spain and Africa. The decline was slow but in large increments until about the 5th century. The fall of the empire was motivated by internal destruction of its economic state, social and political stability and nonstop attacks by neighboring threats and barbarians.
Fall of the Roman Empire Name: Institution: Fall of the Roman Empire Introduction The Roman Empire faced many problems in the third century. Many of these problems came within the empire and other forces that were outside the empire. The only thing that seemed to aid in the holding of this great empire was drastic economic, political, and military reforms, which looked as essential elements that would prevent the collapse of the empire. Large groups of historians come to terms with the idea that at the end of emperor Marcus Aurelius in the 161–180 A.D marked the end of the romans two centuries of prosperity and peace.
The Roman Empire was incredibly large and successful. In the prime of the empire population reached up to 56.8 million people. The land they conquered amasses to an outrageous 1 million square miles. Their influence is so great that even now people can see their imprint in architecture, law, and even helping spread Christianity, the world’s most populous religion. These amazing facts also begs a question. How did one of the world’s greatest civilization fall? Well, the fall of Roman Empire in 476 ACE was aided by ineffective rulers, the crumbling economy, and the invasion of the Germanic Tribes.
The rise and fall of the Roman Empire has bewitched many historians, scholars, and archaeologists alike. This period in history would give way to brilliant leaders, a rising religion, technological advances, a stirring economy and robust army. However as the years would past, the once glorious empire would plummet from political turmoil, a deteriorating economy, religious unrest, and vicious attacks from foreign invaders. (Rosenwein 1-56). The history of the Roman Empire stretches over a thousand years with its foundation traced back to a mythical legend, where two twins named Romulus and Remus were left to die in a river. The twins saved by a she-wolf would later overthrow their king and discover the city of Rome in 753 B.C. After killing his brother over territorial control Romulus would become leader and name the fragile city Rome (Slayman).
Marcus Aurelius led the Roman Empire into the greatest and most powerful empire ever. After his death, the empire began to decline as a result of political, economic, and social problems. The most significant cause of the decline was the military problems, mostly foreign invasions. The decline of the Roman Empire was long, difficult, and influenced the lives of many Romans in a negative way.
There were many reasons for the fall of the Roman Empire. Each one interweaved with the other. Many even blame the initiation of Christianity in 337 AD by Constantine the Great as the definitive cause while others blame it on increases in unemployment, inflation, military expenditure and slave labour while others blame it on the ethical issues such the decline in morals, the lack of discipline of the armies and the political corruption within the Empire. Three major contributions that led to the collapse of the once great empire were: the heavy military spending in order to expand the Empire, the over-reliance on slave labour which led to an increase in unemployment, and the political corruption and abuse of power by the Praetorian Guard leading to the unfair selection of many disreputable emperors and the assassination of those not favoured by the Guard.