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 mistakes. Some changes in the Roman military like abandoning their armor, because it was too heavy led to soldiers always being injured. Also the failure to enforce conscription, which is the drafting of soldiers, would weaken Rome because they did not have enough soldiers. Even the Huns tribe helped explain a decline of the Roman Empire because they are “glued to their horses” causing their enemies to be stronger. This is a clear precedent of how Rome “fell” because it made the government weaker so it was not worth saving. A second important reason that Rome fell was from economic and civic decay. Like in Will Durant’s essay he talks about if a man has no education then there is no civilization. He also states “any serious interruption in its financing or its transmission may bring it to an end” which is saying that any factor can hurt a civilization. Will Durant is also saying there must be political order and perhaps some unity to give life meaning or something for people to devote themselves to. This contributed to the fall of Rome because it shows that just like in an empire and a relationship there must be some kind of devotion in it or it will soon come to an end.
While the first two reasons are important, the primary reason that…
and in influence, its decline cannot be attributed to one pinpointed cause. Instead, the fall of Rome is reasoned to have occurred because of militaristic, economic, political and societal problems: some controllable, and some consequential. Specifically, disease, political and economic turmoil, and social and societal change, all attributed to the downward spiral of the Roman Empire.
After the fall of Rome, anarchy took place in the parts of Europe that it occupied. During this anarchy, civilization…
The Fall of Rome
When most people hear about a great empire, the first thing they do is think of Rome. Rome has a rich history and it all started with one man, Alexander the Great. Sadly, all good things have to come to an end and Rome eventually fell into a downward spiral. Although Greece was conquered, Rome still had a little life in it but declined over hundreds of years due to uncaring citizens, slaves, and welfare.
Rome, like every society, had a social order. The majority of that social…
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…
The Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire
Why a Roman “Fall”
Instability caused by no real plan of succession
Generals fought for power
In one 50year period there were 26 rulers
Trouble on the borders
Morally bankrupt leadership
High cost to maintain Army led to high taxes
Farmers left land and the middle classes fell into poverty
Moral decay of culture
Loss of faith in Rome
Values such as patriotism, discipline, and devotion to duty declined…
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…
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…
Rise and fall of an Empire
Beginning in its earliest history as Roman society began to develop the social norms and expectations, one of the lead ideals was the ability to absorb, and unite with outsiders. They adapted others to their way of life and also took in the knowledge of the peoples they conquered. Rome’s central focus was family, having a large, noisy household and entourage was a sign of social success. The belief was held that the gods wanted the Romans to rule the world through military…
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 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…