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The Fall of the Roman Empire

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Several factors that contributed to the fall of Rome are the spread of Christianity, military decay, and economic factors. There was not one main event that occurred, and resulted with the collapse. There was a combination of many small issues that led up to this big event. There are numerous opinions on what actually caused the fall of Rome. Many people say that it was natural or inevitable. Others say that they are astounded that it lasted so long. Although most agree that Rome was doomed to fall eventually, it is impossible to pinpoint one, exact cause that led to Rome’s fall. Christianity was a part in the decline of the Roman Empire. It was not the main contributor, but it did have a big influence on the decline. The spread of Christianity was very slow. This was because their belief in one god was outshined by the Romans belief in many gods. The traditional gods of the Romans were Jupiter, Apollo, Mars, Juno, and Minerva. These gods made up the pantheon. The Romans also worshiped personal and household spirits, such as the lares and the manes. The lares were known to keep the house safe. The manes were the spirits of your ancestors that (which?) passed away. The Christian leaders stressed the importance of moral behavior, laws on marriage, slave trading, and sinning. This brought many changes to the Roman Empire. There were many laws passed that were new to the people and made it difficult for the people to follow. The difficulty level did not stop the people from _____. They found Christianity very inspiring. The outcome of Christianity was thought to unite the people, not cause severe damage. Christianity’s control grew greatly and rapidly and this minimized the power of the empire. The church leader’s power increas... ... middle of paper ... ...o the people below them, and so on. The people of Rome were divided into classes, and whatever class you were in, you stayed in. In a strong non-feudal society, motivated workers are essential. Therefore, citizen’s ranks are always accommodating to how hard they work. But in a feudalistic system, ones rank will never be changed; therefore, there is no motivation to encourage the workers to perform well. Bibliography Books 1. Cary, M. and Scullard, H.H. A history of Rome, down to the reign of Constantine.(Third edition) New York, St. Martin’s press 2. Nardo, Don. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. U.S.A Websites 1. “What Caused the Fall of the Roman Empire?” http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20081210204946AAWwOKm 2. Gill, N.S. “Reasons for the Fall of Rome.” http://ancienthistory.about.com/od/fallofrome/tp/022509FallofRomeReasons.htm

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  • Analyzes the factors that contributed to the fall of rome, including the spread of christianity, military decay, and economic factors.
  • Explains that christianity was a part in the decline of the roman empire. the romans worshiped personal and household spirits, such as the lares and the manes.
  • Explains that the christian leaders stressed the importance of moral behavior, laws on marriage, slave trading, and sinning, which brought many changes to the roman empire.
  • Explains that christianity's control grew rapidly and minimized the power of the empire. church leaders became influential and took away power from the emperor.
  • Explains that the army was made up of unmotivated soldiers, which made it difficult to win battles. rome lost control over the military situations.
  • Explains that rome didn't have new enlistments joining the army. most people were too lazy to help fight and hired their slaves to do it for them.
  • Explains that rome could not rely on the older, more experienced, soldiers to help them. all of the veterans, who the government wanted to fight, were retired.
  • Explains that rome's lack of soldiers forced all sons of veterans to join the army. these draft laws were hated and difficult to enforce.
  • Analyzes how constantine split up the blockade in the north into smaller military forces. the soldiers saw how properly the residents were living and grew to be jealous.
  • Explains that soldiers didn't fight with passion, pride, or aspiration to join the army. they fought because they were forced to, not because of their faith in the cause.
  • Explains that the government gave money to the poor, and the store owners raised their prices. the value of money deteriorated.
  • Explains that hoarding caused the economy to deteriorate, and the government spent money on unnecessary luxuries.
  • Explains that rome was in a system that the land was given out to the people below you, whereas in feudalistic societies, motivated workers are essential.
  • Cites cary and scullard's history of rome, down to the reign of constantine.
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