Fall of Roman Empire Essay

342 WordsJun 2, 20082 Pages
Rome was a great empire at one time. It stretched across the world, and has no doubt shaped the world as we see it now. It eventually started to weaken and fall. There were numerous reasons for the fall of the Roman Empire. A few reasons are: introduction of Christianity in Rome, Battle of Adrianople, Inflation, Barbarian rule and other things. There were many other reasons, but these ones stand out. Christianity made the people more religious. Barbarians came and changed many things in Rome. In the battle of Adrianople, Rome got attacked and they lost major things in this battle. The depopulation occurring toward the end of the empire had a drastic effect on the empire. There was a new emperor every few years, the senators were picked by bribes and not by votes, elected officials were selfish and not looking out for the benefit of the people. Barbarian tribes completely surrounded the Roman Empire. The barbarians completely overwhelmed the Roman legions. The barbarians came because the Roman citizens didn’t want selfish senators who introduced high taxes and created havoc in Rome. Due to that, Romans weren’t as advanced as they used to be and barbarians weren’t as threatening. Christianity was the most important reason as far as I think. Christianity made many Roman citizens into pacifists, making it more difficult to defend against the barbarian attackers. Also money used to build churches could have been used to maintain the empire. Many soldiers or warriors turned to Christianity which made them religious and they left their fighting occupation. So Rome had fewer soldiers to fight with and they lost more battles due to that. As the soldiers left the battle front, more barbarians were introduced and they changed Rome completely by adding new rules and regulations. Battle of Adrianople was fought between the Romans and the Goths in 378 CE. This battle is

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