The Roman Empire's Decline

Powerful Essays
The Roman Empire was one of the largest empires that existed in the world. This empire is known for a myriad of attacks and exploitations among other uncouth acts. The end of the Roman Empire remains to be a highly debatable issue especially the time this empire ended. For instance, Rutenburg and Eckstein (109) review conflicting sentiments on whether the Roman Empire actually fell. A number of authors believe that the Roman Empire never really fell but decline in size and influence since regions like Italy in modern world is renamed Roman Empire. Nonetheless, the largest majority believe that the Roman Empire fell at some point in time. Although the exact time for the fall is not explicitly clear, two dates are given. These are either 4th century or the 15th century. This work explores the gradual decline and eventual fall of the Roman Empire.
Critical Assumptions
For the completion of this work, it is important to clarify on the assumptions made. The first assumption is that the Roman Empire did actually fall and thus negating the initial supposition that the empire exists. The second assumption is that the empire fell in 476 A.D. following the overthrowing of Emperors Augustulus Romulus by General Odovacar who was Germanic.
Reasons/ Theories for the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Authors have come up with a number of theories and reasons that led to the gradual decline and eventual fall of a once mighty empire. Nonetheless, historians agree on the fact that these theories are interwoven with one another.
The first reason for the fall of the mighty Roman Empire is Lead Poisoning (Phillips III 30). The rich in the Roman Empire essentially used lead in various daily endeavors. For instance, a large number of orn...

... middle of paper ...

...ty, Sympathy, And The Colonial Relation In Edward Gibbon's The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire." Eighteenth Century: Theory & Interpretation (University Of Pennsylvania Press) 53.1 (2012): 1-22. Academic Search Premier. Web. 9 Dec. 2013.
Dorjahn, Alfred, P., and Lester K. Born. “Vegetius on the Decay of the Roman Army,” The Classical Journal 30.3 (1934): 148-158. Web. 10 Dec 2013.
Phillips III, Charles, Robert. “Old Wine in Old Lead Bottles: Nriagu on the Fall of Rome,” The Classical World 78.1 (1984): 29-33. Web. 10 Dec 2013.
Rutenburg, Jeanne, and Arthur M. Eckstein. “The Return of the Fall of Rome – The Fall of the Roman Empire: A New History of Rome and the Barbarians by Peter Heather; The Fall of Rome and the End of Civilization by Bryan Ward-Perkins,” The International History Review 29.1 (2007): 109-122. Web. 10 Dec 2013.
Get Access