The Fall of Rome The fall of Rome came about through a multitude of aspects, over a period of time. This decline started in the first century AD. Many contributing factors brought about the demise of Rome such as political instability, faulty decision making, weak leadership, militant failures, and the rise of Christianity. The most significant of the factors which contributed to Rome's demise would be those brought about by the Emperors of this era, most notably Diocletian and Constantine; the lack of wisdom in the Ruling of the Roman empire would lead to an eventual transfer of power to the Germanic Tribes, who would conquer Rome due to the alienation of these tribes by Roman officials and weakness of the Empire as a whole. Diocletian was the emperor who set the Roman Empire on a destructive path. He was a general who came into power through military force, which was the usual method to gain power of the empire at that time in Rome. This cycle of short lived emperors left the Roman Empire split and in conflict. Diocletian realised that the empire had grown too large for any one man to rule, little own a man who had no prior experience. His plan implemented a tetrarchy, an Emperor and 'junior emperor' for both the east and west, they were called the Augustus and Caesar after two of the greatest emperors of Rome. The Caesars were meant to take over for the Augustus after a period of twenty years, in theory a very elegant system but this ends in civil war when shortly after Constantius took over as one of the Augustus he died and his army declares his son Constantine as the new ruler rather than the Caesar who was appointed. This spurs Maximian's son Maxentius to declare himself Augustus. Constantine defeated Maxentius at the battle of Milvan Bridge. Diocletian also attempted to remedy the lack of tax revenue by forcing those who collect taxes to pay the remainder if the full amount was not collected. This policy resulted in many tax collectors leaving their position of honour. The lack of tax revenue resulted in loss of many basic social needs and services. To solve this problem Diocletian made professions hereditary, this solution caused a greater problem; if a farmer forfeited his land he would then be working for the aristocrat who acquired his land indefinitely due to the law forbidding leaving one's profession. This also sealed one's descendants into their profession also effectively deciding their economic status. The emperor also took many cues from oriental cultures and emphasized ceremonial aspects in court and government life, with emphasis on the ideology of the emperor's divine rule making the emperor to be far above the status of an ordinary mortal. Diocletian may have prolonged the life of Rome in the short term, but set the pieces in place for the death of the Roman Empire in the west. Constantine was the next Augustus to contribute to the decline of Roman life. Constantine was the first emperor to accept Christianity into the empire. He supposedly converted right before the battle at Milvan Bridge, which was significant since at this time it was still illegal to practice Christianity. Constantine was the first emperor to legalize the Christian faith and increase religious tolerance to improve stability within the empire. This led to Emperor Theodosius making Christianity the sole religion of the Roman Empire. Constantine ensured his rule by creating a large field army as well as disbanding the Praetorian Guard, who were replaced by Germanic bodyguards which signified the 'barbarians' being assimilated into the empire. The capital was also moved to the site of the old city of Byzantium, Constantine said it was the command of god, the city was named Constantinople. This broke ties with the old pagan faith and marked the beginning of the new Christian empire. This hastened collapse in the west by centralizing wealth in the east and left the west borders vulnerable, as well as migration of Germanic tribes.
intellectual, economic, and social reasons.
Political Reasons for the Fall of Rome
Rome had never been able to establish an orderly system to replace Emperor upon death. The empire was divided by civil wars between leading Roman families. The government became inefficient and corrupt. The citizens felt little loyalty to government. The empire ended up becoming too large to administer efficiently.
Social Reasons for Fall of Rome
Roman cities were breeding grounds for disease. Population declined…
There are many factors to blame for the Fall of Rome. Many people believe that the size
of the empire was a major factor. Christianity also had a major impact on Romans and and
helped lead to it’s fall. A third part of the fall was the division of the empire. Although, these
may not be all, these all had an enormous influence on the fall.
After the Roman Empire expanded to the point that it was too hard to control, people
started to devel…
The Fall of Rome
The Roman Empire at its height spanned much of the known world. Rome through its military conquests had put a chokehold on the entirety of the Mediterranean Sea, thus asserting itself as the channel through which all trade within Western Europe occurred. Such geographical dominance included Roman territories ranging from Roman conquests in what are today, England through territories in Africa and the Middle East. Roman successes as described demonstrated the authority Rome commanded…
The Fall of Rome
Have you ever thought of the most powerful empire had fallen? The Roman empire was known as one of the first powerful empires. They had many successes, but, had failed in the end. The Roman empire had fallen due to their size,being lazy,there was multiple attackers, and people had wanted Rome to be taken over.
One of the main reasons that Rome had fallen was that the size of their country was amazingly big. Rome was one of the powerfulest and largest state. For example, since…
“I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble,” said Augustus, one of the most accomplished Roman emperors of the Empire’s time. Rome was one of the greatest empires of the ancient world, and its legacy still remains today. But like all great empires, it declined and fell. There were many factors that led to the fall of Rome, three major ones being plague, weak or inefficient rulers and the introduction of Judeo-Christian religion to Roman society. The Antonine plague weakened the empire…
The Fall Of Jerusalem
The fall of Jerusalem happened around 70 AD. This happened due to the Jewish Revolt in 66 AD against Roman leaders. The Romans did not let this happen, this resulted in the mass slaughtering of Jerusalem. The sacred relics in the temple were taken to Rome as victory trophies. The Temple was destroyed; this affected the Jewish population more than other populations. The Christians were also affected by the destruction of the city and the Temple.
In 66 AD Jewish people revolted…
Power, Religion, and Conflict Go Hand in Hand
The destruction of the Western portion of the Roman Empire was much like a human stepping on a thriving ant hill. It scattered the Romans throughout the land, but luckily, the Catholic Church was there to regroup them. As most, if not all Romans were Catholic, their first cry for help went out to God. Apparently, it was answered by the surprising order that was withheld throughout the Church. That was the Roman peoples only tiny sliver of organization…
Reasons for the “Fall” of Rome?
Rome would become the center of the world’s greatest empires. The Roman Empire began around 750 BCE. Rome was starting to spill over its borders and gain power. But why was this powerful empire starting to crash? Maybe thanks to the constant change in rulers, the change in the military, and/or natural disasters/illnesses.
Document A shows that rulers did not last very long and they had to get new rulers pretty often. The constant change in rulers made Rome decline considering…
The fall of Rome impacted Europe in many ways including destruction, violence, illiteracy, decrease in population, and the disappearance of a language. One impact of the fall of Rome was the decrease in population in Western European cities. According to the graph it shows that in the first century of there was about 650,000 people living in Rome but in the 7th century there was only about 50,000 people left. This is demonstrating that after the fall of Rome the foreign barbarians and Germanic tribes…
The “Fall” of Rome
When a relationship falls apart it is from more than one problem. Just as a relationship can end from cheating, growing apart or going different paths it’s not hard for an empire to end. Even if the bond between them is serious it can collapse just like Rome. Political instability, economic and civic decay, and military mistakes were some of the reasons why Rome fell. Of these, the most important reason was political instability.
One important reason Rome fell was from military…