3.06 Fall Of The Roman Empire

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The causes for the fall of Rome can be divided into four categories: political, military, economic and social. Using the information you have read, identify one cause in each category and explain how it contributed to the decline of the Roman Empire. Military: Around the 4th century AD, the Roman military had become significantly feebler, mostly to the barbarians who had been attempting to breach Rome's borders for years. Soon, the barbarians began to gain access to the Western Empire on an even larger scale then before, first as minor groups of settlers and soldiers, but ultimately as entire tribes. They sensed military flaws and began to found small kingdoms, like Gaul, Spain. This was the commencement of the Germanic kingdoms; many of which were inside Rome's borders. The empire was becoming less and less structured and, eventually, the Germans began to proclaim themselves more and more. Political: One of the biggest complications of the ancient Roman Empire was selecting a new emperor. Unlike Greece, where shifting may not have been easy but was at least constant, the Romans never planned an operational method to decide how new emperors would be designated. The choice was always open to debate between the old emperor, the Senate, the Praetorian Guard (the emperor's private army), and the military army. Gradually, the Praetorian Guard got total right to pick the new emperor, who compensated the guard who then became more prominent, propagating the vicious cycle. Finally in 186 A. D. when the army strangulated the new emperor, they began selling the throne to the highest bidder. Throughout the next 100 years, Rome had 37 different emperors - 25 of whom were removed from office by assassination. This factored into the general faults, weakening and plunge of the empire. Economic: One of the most crucial origins of Rome’s demise was the basic economic
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