Between Augustus and Trojan the Roman army perhaps reached its height. Through the years the army had to make changes through civil wars and invading barbarians. These changes and being defeated by barbarians led to the downfall to the gr... ... middle of paper ... ...man Army vanished then the Empire fell the army was known as one of the greatest militaries in history. The roman army can never be matched. Works Cited Badian, E. "Marcus Junius Brutus.” Encyclopædia Britannica.
The Fall Of The Roman Empire Rome was one of the biggest, most powerful empires in recorded history. Such an empire could not fall due to one factor alone in a short period of time. It was a slow process of decay. Many factors would influence the toppling of this Empire, such as social gaps, religion, economical troubles, and corruption in politics. Among all of these factors, one of the most obvious and major causes was the crumbling of one most powerful military forces in history, The Roman army.
It is a series of events producing economic limitations which results in the inability to defend the borders at a time when being able to hold the line was imperative. In the past the Roman Empire was able to absorb incoming barbarians while holding its frontier, but additional pressure from the Huns causes the Empire to be overwhelmed and overtaken. Works Cited Bury, John B., History of the Later Roman Empire, New York: Dover, 1970. Heather, Peter, The Fall of Ancient Rome, New York, Oxford: Oxford UP, 2006. Hodge, A. Trevor, "Vitruvius, Lead Pipes and Lead Poisoning," American Journal of Archaeology 85, no.
In 476, the Germanic leader had organized a revolt that deposed the Emperor Augustus. Even Rome was under attack from outside forces, it was also crumbling from within thanks to a severe financial crisis. With a such a vast territory to govern the empire faced their nightmare on a administrative and legislative level. The invading army reached the Roman’s wall, which had been left totally undefended. In 410 C.E., the Visigoths, led by Alaric breached the wall of Rome and sacked the capital of the Rome empire.
“The difficulty of controlling the great landowners, the expanded bureaucracy was to increase the ever-present tendency toward a division between the eastern and the western parts of the Empire”. Going into the fourth century it attempted to explain the decline of Roman Empire only based on economic and social terms. The Romans came a long way and fought a battle that made them stronger and realizing their mistakes they have done throughout centuries. One could argue that the difficulties the Roman Empire faced are one that could not subject to happen in the future.
Invaders such as the Huns, Vandals, Ostrogoths, and Visigoths discovered weaknesses of Rome and attacked Rome. The Huns were especially the most famous, strongest, and wildest invaders. With these confusions, the change of emperors and invasions, former Roman citizens whose properties had been conquered “considered their new life” with less rules. As if to rub salt into the wound, a violent disaster caused more catastrophes and soon, epidemics went any further causing more deaths of people. One significant reason for the decline of the Roman Empire was political instability because poor leadership weakened and confused the community of Rome.
(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) When Rome started to decline there were a variety of issues that helps worsen the situation at a more rapid rate. The government had to look for a quick way to pay for public construction, their army, and the reconstruction and repair of their roads.
The Political Decay of the Roman Republic The fall of the Western Roman Empire was the first example in history on the collapse of a constitutional system which was caused by the internal decay in political, military, economics, and sociological issues. The government was becoming corrupt with bribery. Commanders of the Roman army turned their own army inward towards their own Constitutional systems, fueled by their own ruthless ambition. This paper will talk about how the violence and internal turmoil in 133B.C.-27 B.C. was what provoked the economic stagnation in the city of Rome and to the end of the Republic and the many corrupt politicians and generals who only thought of nothing more than personal gains and glory.
The end of the third and final Punic War in 146 BCE, marked Rome’s successful conquest of the Mediterranean world. Although Rome’s victory expanded the Roman Empire, the victory most certainly came at a cost. The postwar political and social landscape was filled with chaos that required government response to solve. The Gracchi Reforms resulted directly from the unrest of the common people and weakening roman military power, the rise of Julius Caesar correlated with aftermath of Gracchi reforms and distrust with government, and the second triumvirate was a temporary solution to the unrest after Caesars’ assassination. These three revisions to Roman government structure also contributed to cause the fall of the Roman Republic and rise of
The attempts to assimilate by Germanic tribes into Roman territory also played a significant role in this chaos. In addition, the economy suffered considerably. An increased inflation resulted from “Diocletian’s attempts to establish a reliable currency” (Kagan 154). Romans struggled to pay their taxes, and subsequently grew resentful of the emperor. The economic differences that existed between the more rural West and commercial East further distanced the two empires from the others affairs.