This benefitted the Nomads as they took advantage of the weakness and attacked Roman towns and cities. In order to respond to threats made by the Nomads, the Roman empire needed to expand their armies. They decided to hire foreign mercenaries who were committed to only an individual military leader and were not loyal to the empire. They were not disciplined and was less effective, which made the defense weak along the empire’s borders. Therefore, military problems were the cause of the downfall of the Roman civilization.
Document B shows that “Foot soldiers wore breastplates and helmets... but when, because of negligence and laziness, parade ground drills were abandoned.” This all comes to show how it weakened Rome. This was the most important factor in Rome’s fall because the military was what protected the people and Rome. If it wasn’t for military Rome would have fallen a lot faster and there would have been no protection for anybody.
So because of the Roman soldier being replaced by German mercenaries and the stoppage of expansion the Roman military lost its power. When the invasions of the western tribes came and destroyed Rome, there was nothing they could
The Roman people did not begin as a powerful and dominate nation much less an empire. “Their willingness to adapt to the changing society of modern weapons, warfare and governmental control drove them to the top of the so called food chain of there time” (Hadas). Advances in Roman weaponry gave
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.)
There was no one single cause; it was many things happening at once, which caused the fall of Rome. The downfall happened with the army weakening, natural disasters and plagues rising, and leaders becoming corrupted all contributed to their fall. First, the army had become weaker when there were no more wars left. “Before the year 400 CE, foot soldiers wore breastplates and helmets.
The Roman armies used to be comprised of volunteers but after being defeated, they were determined to make their army better. They did this through vigorous trainings. Roman soldiers called legionaries, were forced to march for long distances carrying heavy loads. Every year, senior military officers, called Tribunes, would select the strongest men to be part of the army. In the end, the Romans became professional in fighting and had one of the most disciplined armies.
I can interpreted from the text that the factors according to Polybius were the punishment they gave to their soldiers and how the soldiers were dishonorable, accordingly to the read, “The following actions are regarded as unmanly and dishonourable in a soldier: to make a false report to the tribune of your courage in the field in order to earn distinction; to leave the post to which you have been assigned in a covering force because of fear; and similarly to throw away out of fear any of your weapons on the field of battle.” Also the rewards Romans gave to their soldier to encourage them to face the danger. Like in the reading says: “So when we consider this people's almost obsessive concern with military rewards and punishments, and the
Ancient Rome is recognized for strength in war and battles, so the ideal citizen would be strong and willing to fight. Hunt explains that in Rome “one man’s loss was another man’s gain” (177). The culture of Ancient Rome was aggressive, as the men were trained to fight and be devoted to their country. “Male elites had to be on guard to defend against and avenge any slights to their personal, family, and state honor” (Hunt 177). In The Aeneid, Virgil writes “Roman, remember by your strength to rule //
Causes of Rome’s Decline The Roman Empire was the greatest civilization the world had ever seen, it lasted over than a semi-millennium. For a such great, undefeatable Empire to collapse, there should be many powerful causes. There is an endless debate among historians about the different causes that led to this decline moreover, they couldn’t agree on the most influential factors. In this essay, these different causes will be explored and try to find the direct causes of this decline.
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
In the history of the world, we began to see that humanity began to become more advanced in technological advancements which led to what we now know as war. In particular, the Romans and the Greeks were two different civilizations which took their technological advancements for war to a whole new level. At around 1200 BCE, the Greeks had developed metal suit armors. These armors included metal helmets, corsets, spears, and shields. With the use and interpretation of the picture illustrated in Worlds Together Worlds Apart, the book states that the Greeks had a huge defensive advantage using armor, but still faced defeat against the land incursions that destroyed the Mycenaean palaces.
Social and political considerations is what determined religious activities. Technology, led to changes in armor, which led to changes in military tactics and strategies. This led to the inclusion of a fighting force comprised of non-aristocrats resulting in the rise of tyrants within many Greek states. Hoplite phalanx war fare began with changes to the burial process involving armor. Armor was now handed down from father to son, appropriated from fallen enemies, or won in competitions. This change allowed a polis society, over time to amass will armored armies to include the poor and underprivileged citizen soldiers.