Reasons for Rome's Fall - Nature

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Reasons for Rome's Fall - Nature

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Nature And Gods

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Plague And disease

336-307- Christianity accepted by Emperor Constantine.363- The fall of Panganism as official creed.400-476- Pagans blame Rome's conversion to Christianity, Christians blame Romans have angered god through corruption.

Rome, being the huge metropolis that is was, suffered from many of the issues that plagued many other large cities of the time, namely disease. Due to the large percentage of the population living in poverty in the late empire, many diseases like tuberculosis, typhoid and malaria ran rampant. The condition of malaria was so bad that many scholars and physicians advised those who could to leave the city during malaria season (late summer).To make matters worse still, Rome possessed an intricate system of pipes and aquaducts that fed water to many baths, palaces, homes and wells, this was not necissarily bad, but the pipes through which the water travelled were made of lead, which led many Romans to suffer from lead poisoning, adding to the poor health that afflicted many. Although Rome was full of disease and many city dwellers did not live past 25 to 30 years, I can't say with certainty that it played a major role in the fall of Rome as it was a cause for concern throughout Imperial Rome and not just during the decline, although many probably used the high amounts of death and disease as reason to believe that they had lost favor with the gods or god.

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Christianity diminished people's interest with the empire.

Many Christian ideals condoned the lavish lifestyles of the rich and the brutality of Roman entertainment, not to mention the fact that Jesus Christ was ultimately killed on the orders of Roman officials. As Christianity spread, it became increasingly difficult for the government to find willing military recruits. Many followers of Christianity also believed that the world was on the brink of armageddon and used the empire's corruption and decline as proof of this.

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A bust of Romulus Augustus, the last emperor of the Western Roman Empire, he was defeated by Odacer, who, as the story goes, spared his life and exiled him. No one knows how or when he died.

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A picture of the lead pipes that brought water all throughout many metropolitan areas in Rome's biggest cities. These pipes, although useful, poisoned many people who regularly drank and washed in the water that came from them.


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