The Roman Empire was the most powerful Empire during Antiquity. It is traditionally considered to have “fallen” in 476, when Rome’s last emperor was deposed. Many theories have been presented as to why it fell, from unsound economic and social policies to mass lead poisoning. The actual cause of Rome’s fall is the result of many factors, but was mainly caused by Rome’s poor economic policies. A question that must first be addressed is whether or not Rome actually fell.
The somewhat outdated, but nevertheless fascinating, theory for the decline and fall of the Roman Empire is the wide spread use of lead pipes in urban centers used for the transportation of drinking water. Some believe this continual exposure to lead poisoned the Romans who drank it. Chronic, long-term lead exposure will caus... ... middle of paper ... ... own. They are money problems and military ineffectiveness. 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.
The Empire began its collapse and the pillars that once supported the great domain cracked and began to crumble. With inconsistent leadership, division into two empires and conflict with the Germanic tribes, The Empires gradual decline foreshadowed an inevitable fall. Though its reign proved tremendously successful in retrospect, it fall proves significant as it paved the way for the thriving empires of the East to emerge. Works Cited Barbero, Alessandro. The Day of the Barbarians.
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This period is known as the Pax Roman. Other rulers that followed from this period had very little or no idea on how to deal with the crises that this giant nation was facing. As a result this rulers lead to the fall and decline of the Roman Empire. Politically, the fall of the Roman Empire as from 410 C.E is regarded as one of the largest and pivotal events in the history of the world. As from the time Edward Gibbon finished his works in 1788 on the Decline and Fall of the Roman empire, there has been large debates on the cause of the of the fall of the roman empire.