The Roman Empire dominated much of Europe, Asia Minor, and parts of Northern Africa for nearly five hundred years. The Roman Empire lasted from 27 BC to 476 AD and is credited with being the world’s greatest superpower. The Roman Empire was known for their wealth, which was gained from conquest, their citizens, who lived in luxury, and their military, which was extensive and well trained. There was not an outside force strong enough to bring down an Empire so large and so powerful. In the end, it was the Roman Empire itself that led to its demise. Over the last three hundred years of Imperial rule the Empire was slowly crumbling.
There are over two hundred and ten reasons for the collapse, however the most common theories are those that have to do with economic failure, barbarian invasions, a weakening military, and lack of a stable government.
The Roman Empire was constantly expanding as the Empire gained much of its wealth through conquering, raiding, and taxing residents of newly conquered lands. However, the extent to which Rome was expanding was hardly sustainable. The constant expansion led to a weakened military and the eventual economic failure of the Empire. According to Linda Alchin, a history writer for Tributes and Triumphs, an educational resource centered on ancient Rome, “the rapid growth in the lands conquered by the Empire led to the need to defend the borders and territories of Rome.” More and more troops were needed to hold off invaders and put down the constant rebellions and uprisings from those who were conquered. Also, as expansion increased, the number and size of the invasions increased. It did not take long for the Roman military to “become overstretched” and for their forces to become...
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...e built on the strength and ruthlessness of the mythical Romulus, rather it took many forces from within the Empire to bring it down. There were many factors the led to the fall of the Roman Empire: barbarians pushed at the borders, corruption plagued the senate, the economy was failing and inflation was rising, the list goes on and on. There are over two hundred and ten reasons for the fall of the Roman Empire, however the most common theories are those that have to do the economy failing, barbarian invasions, a weakening military, and lack of stable government. The Roman Empire was slowly killing itself. When the Vandals and the Barbarians finally did attack Rome, the Empire was too weak and worn to fight back. The Empire, born as a Republic, once dominated nearly all of Europe, Northern Africa, and Asia Minor for nearly five hundred years, collapsed in 476 CE.
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