In 27 BCE (Before Common Era) the Roman Empire was entering its golden age, “The Pax Romana.” During the Pax Romana, the citizens of all Roman cities enjoyed free food and entertainment along with access to all of the Roman amenities such as bathhouses, roads, and mail service. However in 180 CE (Common Era) the Roman empire took a turn for the worse and eventually the last empire fell in 476 CE. The once powerful Roman Empire was in shambles. So what happened to the empire? The two most important factors that led to the fall of the Roman Empire in 476 CE were poor leadership and Military problems. The poor leadership in the Empire was a major factor that ultimately led the Roman Empires to their demise. Some of these bad emperors had mental …show more content…
First of all the Roman People did not want to serve in the military. They were used to the lavish lifestyle that the Roman people enjoyed (class notes). In order to fill this hole in the Roman Army they had to hire German Mercenaries. The loyalty of these mercenaries was questionable since they did not pledge allegiance to the Emperor (class notes). “The Roman Army was composed entirely of Germans” but the worst part was that the army could not even defend their own territory (DBQ, Doc. 5.) “In the late 300s a nomadic Central Asian people, the Huns, stormed out of the east and sent the Germanic tribes fleeing. Imperial defences in the east managed to hold, but those in the west were soon overwhelmed. The speed and ferocity of the Huns struck terror in the people they attacked.” (Holt p.191). The Huns even made it all the way to Rome itself, but Pope Leo I stopped them and even managed to get the Huns to leave, (class notes). Although he did get the Huns to leave that wasn’t the end of the invasions. “The endless column of Barbarians pressed on the Roman empire with accumulated weight; and, if the foremost were destroyed, the vacant space was instantly replenished by new assailants,” (Doc. 6). This meant the army was always fighting some barbarian group at any given time after the Pax Romana. Since the military problems affected everyone in the empire this is one of the two biggest factors that led to the fall of
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I love softball. In softball to a achieve a great swing you need to be inside the batters box. Then, lift your bat to your ear level, you take a step with your front foot, swing the bat and pivot your back foot while you are swinging. If these steps are followed correctly or not done in the right order, you should construct your swing and keep practicing. Just like an empire should.
What were the primary reasons for the “fall” of Rome? Rome fell because of many other reasons but the main reason Rome fell were because of weak leadership, military weakness and economic problems here is why. One reason Rome fell was because of weak leadership. According to document A Roman leaders would die because of assassination, suicide and because of natural causes. Romans would become leaders and would die because of assassination and a few would die because of natural causes.
I agree that Rome was not overthrown by external enemies but was defeated by its own internal problems. The fall of Rome was mainly due to internal problems because the Romans were only fulfilling their own needs, the law were not reliable and the struggle with the right emperor led to the end of Rome. These internal problems made the empire unstable and led to external problems. For example, in document C, Marcellinus, a Roman soldier criticizes the Romans for being selfish and only worrying about themselves.
One of the biggest reasons Rome fell is because the military. The military started to become sluggish and weak. Since this happened soldiers fought the goths without any protection for their chests and heads (doc B.) This made it so soldiers were easily killed in battle by archers. Adding on to that Soldiers were exposed to wounds because they have no armour so they would think about running and not fighting (doc B.) Senators, bureaucrats, clergymen, cooks, bakers, and slaves all avoided the draft not giving enough people into to military (doc B.)
These countries were persistent, and continued to invade the Roman empire. Evidence describing this problem is both documents C and D in the Fall of Rome DBQ. Document C shows a map of the routes of all of the invaders attempting to annihilate Rome took, and document D is a more in depth view into the brutality and cruelty of the asian tribe “huns.” In this document, the author refers to the Huns people as “exceeding the definition of savagery,” and “unthinking animals.” This was the most important factor in Rome's “fall” because they acted completely inhumane, which largely contributed to the weakening of Rome's army and
Fall of Rome DBQ Including most of the Mediterranean world, Rome, a city that was growing big enough to become one of the world’s largest empire’s would soon slowly fall apart because of their problems. In 27 BC, Rome’s first emperor, Augustus Caesar, took complete power. During his time, he ruled with Pax Romana, a time of Roman peace which lasted for almost 200 years. After his death, the Roman Empire begun to break apart. The primary reasons for the fall of Rome was it being geographically too big; the population was decreasing due to plagues which led to the Roman army becoming weak, social and military issues and laziness of the military would guide the army down which led to cities being lost, and their government and leadership issues of the weak or selfish power leaders would all conduct to the breaking up of Rome.
The Fall of the Roman Empire is one of the most memorable setbacks of one of the greatest civilizations to ever exist. Many theories have been said as to the cause of the empire’s fall but, even today, there are still unanswered discussions on what the specific factors were. There are numerous of factors that contributed to the empire’s fall such as the effectiveness of their army, the health of its citizens, the strength of the economy, the capability of the successors, the continuous battle for power, religion and the regulation of their administration. The Fall of Rome was started with the decline in Western Roman Empire where the emperors failed to maintain their rule. The lost of power of the West let alone East was a great threat to the empire but the theme of the decline has been discussed and changed through a much bigger time frame from year 376.
The main issue that led to the demise of the Western Roman Empire were the line of unfit rulers. These leaders would lie, cheat, and steal to get the most power they could. Though the leaders of Rome were not all bad, it was very regular to have an incompetent, greedy leader. Another major political issue was the emperor's bodyguards who were not to be trusted and were sometimes paid to assassinate the leader themselves. These were some of the first major problems that started the fall of the Western Roman Empire.
Later roman emperors were corrupt and poor leaders (Guided notes). This supports my claim because it shows that corrupt and poor leaders could easily get into power. Poor and corrupt leaders usually make decisions that will lead to the fall of an empire. Political corruption could have been the fall of the
If the Romans were nicer to the barbarians the war wouldn’t have happened and maybe they could’ve worked to help the empire. Although even without the Barbarians and the Gothic War the Empire had many internal issues. The Roman Empire was never known for having good leadership even commemorating the five good emperors they had. Before the Roman Empire’s termination, it was once the strongest and most extensive social structure in Western civilization. The fall of the Roman Empire was inevitable, the empire was full of unfit rulers and didn't run off the proper foundation for a stable empire; however, the fall of the Roman Empire happened because of the way they treated the barbarians
This emperor was different since according to Aristides he says that he was elected to protect and care for the people not to be their master and that he also had equality within the poor, rich, weak, and powerful people. The Roman Empire is a good representation of the modern world since the United States has a similar political system, but a bit more modern since we have one person in charge but he has more people under him to be able to rule the country effectively. The Roman Empire and the United States are similar since the government is there to care and protect the people from harm and to keep everything equal among the people. By having that type of government, it helped the emperor have peace within the people and by having that it allowed the empire to be able to conquer and control the empire with no problems which is why they were able to last a while without being
The Decline of the Roman Republic The Decline of the Roman Republic Ancient history was profoundly affected by the fall of the Roman Republic, which signaled the end of one period and the start of another. The Roman Empire took its place in 27 BC after the Roman Republic had existed for more than four centuries. The Roman Republic was founded in 509 BC. Several issues, such as political corruption, economic unpredictability, and social discontent, contributed to the demise of the Republic. I would argue that political corruption and the theory of alliance of Julius Caesar, Pompeii the Great, and Marcus Licinius was the leading cause of Rome’s decline.
This loss of population made it hard to find laborers and soldiers for war. This caused the empire to pay Germanic soldiers to fight for them. The need to pay for troops created a large debt for the Romans. Another reason that led to the decline of the Roman Empire was their water source coming in through lead pipes. Many people believed this poisoned the Romans which also led to low population.
The Western Roman Empire fell in 476 AD. There were many factors that went into the fall of the Roman Empire. Economic problems they dealt with was one of the main reasons the Empire fell. Since the romans were not doing good Economically they could not fund the military in order to protect them, which also led to the fall of their military. Socio-Political problems were also a factor; there was a decline in interest to public affairs.