Roman Empire Achievements

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The people of Rome thought that they were the mightiest empire. The Roman Empire expanded across all of Europe and into the Middle East. The empire’s military was also one of the finest and sophisticated out there. The economy in Rome flourished due to trading in Africa and Britain, and allowed its citizens to obtain well income. Roman society was at its finest due to the advancements in culture and technology. During the time of Pax Romana, the Romans has 207 years of peace and good ruling by level headed dictators and emperors. Although Rome has many great accomplishments, the empire would eventually fall. Surprisingly, all of the qualities that led up to the flourishing of the Roman Empire, became the ones that lead to its decline. The primary…show more content…
The military weakened and the government became unstable as foreign tribes started to invade. The decline of the Roman military occurred for various reasons. First, the Roman Empire had grown so much, that the army was not large enough to protect it. Rome was in need of a larger army and finding soldiers was hard. Because if this probably, the military decided to hire mercenaries to fill the gap. The Roman army was composed entirely of foreigners. The problem of having mercenaries the army was that they were not loyal to Rome, but with the money they received to fight. The original values of the Romans which were based off strength, disciple, and loyalty, were all fading. With all the flaws in the empire’s army and tactics, The Huns were able to invade Rome since they “exceed[ed] any definition of savagery” (Document 5). Some of the advantages that the Huns had were that they were able to adapt to harsh weather and tough conditions that the Romans probably could not endure. The Huns were also very violent and destructive, which would benefit them since they could slaughter anyone that comes their way. These are just some examples of how The Huns had a better advantage than the Roman army, and how easy it was to overthrow the Romans. Clearly, one of the reasons why the Roman Empire declined, was because of foreign…show more content…
According to Document 1, assassinations created an unstable government, and made the empire open to attacks from outsiders, such as the Huns. Also, natural disasters decreased and weakened the population, and distracted the government from doing its job. Because the government was distracted, they didn’t enforce their army and their recruitments, which caused the army to get weak and smaller. Specially because of the mercenaries who did not commit to defending and fighting for Rome, but for the money they earned. The natural disasters and weakened army alerted foreign invaders that Rome was in a poor state, and was more vulnerable to invasion. Because the government could not deal with all the invaders, Rome was finally defeated and the empire fell around 479 CE. The main reason for the collapse of the Roman Empire was caused by poor leadership, natural disasters and diseases, and foreign
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