Global Studies I & II The fall of the Roman Empire and the decline of the United States The traditional date given for the fall of the Roman Empire in the west is A.D. 476. The process for the fall of the Roman Empire took many centuries to unfold. There is no one cause for the fall of the empire, but everyone has there opinions on what caused such a great empire to fall. Some people think the empire fell because of its leaders becoming far too cocky and didn’t pay attention to the necessary things needed to keep an empire running strong, while others blame the cause on religion and say things like “god did it” or “god wanted it to happen”. Whatever the cause of the fallen Empire of Rome, many people have been comparing it to the recent decline of the US on the world stage, which also has many of its own causes.
Julius Caesar, a Roman general and statesman, served on the First Triumvirate that ruled the Roman Republic during 60 B.C. Although he was popular among the common people and also a great and outstanding military commander, he wasn’t a good leader to govern Rome due to his ambition and inner-weakness. One of the main reasons that Julius Caesar was not a good leader was his ambition. He was a corrupted tyrant, lusting for power. Becoming a governor in his region of Rome wasn’t good enough, he wanted to be crowned king and serve as a dictator for life, something that Rome didn’t have for five hundred years.
WHY DID CAESAR EMBARK ON CIVILWAR? Caesar found it necessary to cross the Rubicon for many reasons, most of all due to the new regulations set by Pompey in Rome. During Caesar_s campaign in Gaul, Pompey was the most powerful man in the government, and he intended to keep it that way. Lucan states, ” Caesar could no longer endure a superior, nor Pompey an equal.‘ After Crassus died, the triumvirate between these three men broke down and Pompey and Caesar became rivals. In 52 BC, Pompey became sole-consul, and passed legislations which affected Caesar_s position in power.
In conclusion, there are main factors that caused the demolition of the Roman Republic. A senate that grew and changed and ultimately turned on themselves. A military that expansion that led to winning the battles of the Roman enemies but loss of men and loyalty to senate. Generals who, although have different views of Roman government but join forces and then battle themselves. You have senators that are not supporting their fellow senators.
The End of Empires by Brandon Lim Empires are made of colonies from other countries; and are ruled by a single monarch that may differ in title, for example, the Tsar in Russia, King in England and Kaiser in German. As the twentieth century loomed, the world was dominated by the Great Powers .These nations were Great Britain, Russia, Germany, France and Austria- Hungary and had extensive possessions away from their sovereign state. It was becoming apparent that if the dissolution of the Great Empires were to happen, something big must take place. World War One would spell the end of empires but what led up to the terrible war is just as important. Key events include the Franco- Russian War, alliance systems and the assassination of Franz
Holland’s book’s key point is the conflict between Sulla and Marius. These men were Roman politicians with very different backgrounds and personalities. Each was the seeking the same political goal, so they competed to the point of war. At first they manipulated the people, then they tried to find loop holes in the political system. And finally they started a civil war in which Sulla came out on top.
Otho had sent his troops to late and his army suffered a horrible defeat. When he heard of this defeat ,he killed himself .Otho had reigned for barely 95 days.Aelius Vitellius was the next emperor. He abandoned himself to exaggeration and all but ignored the troops who had given him the throne. Also, upon hearing that the troops of his rival ,Vespasian, were approaching Rome Vitellius begged the senate to allow him to leave the throne and live as a private citizen so he could be
CLA 203 9/11/13 Homework-( Handout #1) 10. How/why did Rome change from a monarchy to a republic and what changed in the organization of the city? Rome changed from a monarchy to a republic because after many years of harsh rule by kings and of how terrible Tarquinius and his son Sextus did, the people wanted more of a role in government. The last king Lucius Tarquinius Priscus ruled as a tyrant something that was be opposed by many Romans. The organization of the city was changed from having kings to elected officials.
To start, the Roman Empire had a government that was designed for a city-state. Perhaps they did not realize that they were way mire than that. An empire cannot stand with that type of government and Rome proved that. Also, the Eastern part of Europe began taking power from the West. This led to a very corrupt government with many different views.
This union insured all three men great standing and power within Rome, and granted them complete authority in Senate. The avarice of the trio would prove limiting, however, as their egos destroyed their standing with one another. Crassus' death in 53 BC at the hands of the Parthians effectively undermined the alliance. Shortly thereafter, Pompey aligned himself with an archconservative faction of the Senate, diametrically opposed to Caesar. This shift in alliance resulted in what is known as Caesar's civil war, obviously leading to a Caesarian victory.