Fall of the Roman Empire

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The Roman Empire was one of the most powerful empires in the history of mankind. In fact, it may even be considered the most powerful empire to have ever existed. However, the mighty empire of Rome has fallen. There are many events which many scholars and historians believe have lead to the fall of this great empire. One of the most obvious reasons for the fall of the Roman Empire is that it had "over-extended itself too far away from the base" (Malcolm). It had conquered much of Italy, and the size of the Roman Empire was several times the size of Rome itself. It was simply becoming too large for it’s own good. Since it had become so enormous, it became difficult for the leaders of Rome to control such a vast empire, and it collapsed. One of the main events which has had an effect on the fall of the Roman Empire is the decline of her military. The main reason for the decline of the military is the fact that they were under constant warfare. Imagine an empire where peace and stability finally overruled war and chaos. The Roman empire was much like this. After years and years of war the empire was finally uniting. Stretching from Spain to Syria and Scotland to Egypt, the empire was flourishing in their culture, religion, literature, and arts. However, this, as had before, would not last long. In A.D. 192 the empire went on a spiraling ride downwards. The decline lasted for approximately 300 years until A.D. 476 when it finally collapsed. There were a number of problems which led to the empires downfall. One of the leading factors was that the people had become disloyal to the empire and very different than they had been years before. Another major reason was that there were political and economic decays. And also, the military had drastically weakened, which made a huge difference. The fall of the Roman Empire was not based on just one problem, but actually a
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