Reasons for Rome's Fall - pt.1

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Reasons for Rome's Fall - pt.1

War and Borders1. Had the Empire Grown to Big?2. Civil War?3. Lack of Military Discipline?4. Barbarians?Nature ' the Gods5. Plagues and Disease?6. Rome Angered the Gods?7. Christianity?The People and Government8. A Top Heavy Bureaucracy?9. Too Many Resources Spent on the Poor?10. Attitude of the Public?

The Ten Questions:

Reasons for Rome's Fall


The exact "Fall" of the Western Roman empire is difficult to diagnose because it was a very gradual decline, highlighted with many wars and pivotal moments like the splitting of the empire by emperor Diocletian in 284 AD and the sack of Rome by the Visigoths in 410 and then again by the the Huns in 450 and again by the Vandals in 455. During Rome's empirical period its economy and international relations fluctuated with the moods of her emperors, men like Augustus and Constantine conquered new territory and filled the markets and treasury, while on the other hand, dictators like Elagabalus and Caligula beggered the empire and could even be considered insane. Starting in the 4th century the misrule of the empire by not only its emperors but also its senate and consulship in the borderlands like Africa and modern day England were adding up and the empire was beginning to weaken, meanwhile the wealth and power began shifting into the Eastern empire.Rome had met its fate in 476 AD as stated by Edward Gibbon in his book 'The History of the Decline and the Fall of the Roman Empire', When Odoacer attacked Orestes' forces and forced his way into Ravenna. But what allowed Odoacer to defeat Rome's armies, invade the once great empire and dethone the final emperor Augustus Romulus? That is what I'll attempt to explain in these next few pages in the form of ten points, of each of these points I'll dicuss roughly the last two hundred years of Roman history with regard to Government, military, and the social attitude of Rome.

What was going on in Rome at the end?

A painting of the sack of Rome named "Destruction" by Thomas Cole in 1836.

An illustration of the young Romulus Augustus presenting his crown to Odoacer, from the book "Young folks' History of Rome" by Charlotte M. Yonge.


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