The Fall of the Roman Empire

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In 476 C.E. Romulus Augustulus, the last of the Roman emperors in the west, was overthrown by the Germanic people, who became the first Barbarians to rule in Rome. The order that the Roman Empire had brought to western Europe for 1000 years was no more. Since the days of Julius Caesar, Germanic peoples had gathered on the northern borders and coexisted in peace with the Romans. But, in A.D. 370, a group of Mongol Nomads began to push through the northern borders, causing Germanic peoples to flee into Roman Lands, then causing an invasion. Although the Huns failed conquering the Roman Empire, the Germanic Invasions continued, and eventually overthrew the Roman Empire. Although the Germanic people were the direct cause of the fall, the Roman Empire indirectly caused many factors leading up to the invasions, causing the fall of the empire to be the effect. The Germans were able to infiltrate the Western Empire because the Western Empire was unable to gather an army to stop them. Emperor Constantine had divided the empire into two halves. He declared Constantinople the new capital of Roman society, claiming rule over all Eastern provinces. The Western Roman Empire’s economy went into decline, and lost its power over towns in the East, causing a great reduction in profits from the treasury and weakening them dramatically in warfare. Due to the large decline, the western halves’ strength had been dwindled. The Roman Empire's collapse was the geographical extent of its own expansion. Rome's constant expansion required more resources and manpower to defend its borders. Additionally, conquered civilizations hated the Romans, so rebellions were a constant problem. All of these issues required excessive military spending and recruitment. The amount of soldiers became so scarce that even conquered societies were allowed to join the ranks.
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