The Roman Empire: The Fall Of The Roman Empire

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How would the world react when one of the greatest empires in history fell? At the height of the Roman Empire, the empire was bigger than modern day India geographically, and its influence was felt throughout the world. By 180 CE, the empire surrounded the Mediterranean Sea and controlled most of Europe, as well as parts of North Africa and almost all of Persia. However, as numerous empires before them, the Romans collapsed and left the world in a problematic state. The greatest evidence of the lasting impacts of the fall of the Roman empire is the worldwide religious transformations and economic regression that it caused. The Roman empire was a significant power in the global economy and when it fell, it sent shockwaves throughout the world. According to Dr. Peter Heather, a Professor of Medieval History at King 's College in London, “many more of the more advanced elements of the Roman economy, such as specialised production and long-distance trade, quickly disappeared too.” When long distance trade and specialization disappeared, these people went back to farming as a source of income. The economy was so bad that in some places there was no money anymore and “by the early 5th Century in Britain, currency stopped being used altogether”(Wood). This in turn led to less development after Rome because no one had an expendable income. Trade was vital to the success of the Romans and depended on trade with other empires, like the Han Dynasty in China, and the Gupta Empire in

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