Only twenty years later, foreigners start invading Rome. The Roman empire came to its end in 476 BCE, when invaded by the Goths, a Germanic tribe after five hundred and three years of being an empire. The Roman Empire "fell" predominantly because of government issues, natural disasters and disease and most importantly, defence problems. The Roman Empire had many issues with government. In only fifty years, Rome’s Empire had
Rome had begun in 750 BCE, as a peaceful, thriving settlement, until their government turned from a Republic into a dictatorship. Then, political strain started occurring in the heart of Rome. Roman leaders started focusing on using force instead of compromise to overtake land. Rome had started to get lazy, and was open for attack. Outside invaders infiltrated Rome, not completely destroying the empire, but destroying the city and heart of Rome.
In 410 the Visigoth King Alaric successfully invaded the city of Rome. The empire had to spend the next several decades under constant threat before “the Eternal City” was raided again in 455, this time by the Vandals. Finally, in 476, the Germanic leader Odoacer rebelled and deposed the Emperor Romulus Augustulus. Since then no Roman emperor ever would ever again rule. The sudden decline of population due to epidemic diseases was a factor to the decline of both the Roman Empire and Mayan Civilization.
The Roman Empire fell in A.D 476. It took a lot of time for the Roman Empire to fall, as it took long to build such a spectacular Empire. The Empire was so vigorous that it lasted for over 500 years. The Roman Empire had numerous rulers. Rome collapsed due to various reasons such as its sheer size that lead to various problems within the Empire, the rise of Christianity that caused disputes within the people of the Empire and also external invasion that was caused due to the weakening of the Empire.
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. Some historians claim that there are as many as a hundred political and non-political interweaving reasons that led to the collapse of Roman Empire.
The decline and fall of the Roman Empire in the West between A.D. 197 and A.D. 476 There have been many theories as to what caused the decline and eventual fall of the great Roman Empire in the West between A.D. 197 and A.D. 476. Political, military and economic issues were mainly responsible for the fall of Rome in the West. There is strong proof that these were the three main causes. To expand on political problems, things such as corruption were an enormous contributing factor as well as lack of strong leadership. Military issues were those of the problematic situation of expanding borders, barbarian knowledge of military tactics, and the resulting end in loss of control over the Empire.
The Roman Empire was a large, powerful, and successful empire that stood the test of time. But, Rome was plagued with numerous problems that caused its demise. In my opinion, the fall of the Roman Empire was inevitable. This is because Rome had a corrupt government that failed to satisfy its citizens, and Diocletian’s retirement caused the tetrarchy, which could have been Rome’s last saving grace, to fail. The Roman Empire had a largely corrupt government, which mismanaged the itself into a collapse.
A GROWING MEDITERRANEAN EMPIRE After their second success, Rome’s power spread throughout the rest of the Mediterranean world. The Greek historian Polybius (as quoted by (Boatwright 2004: 120) described the fifty-three years after the Second Punic War as “a unique time in history.” This assortment is supported by the short span in which the Romans succeeded in gaining power over a great part of the civilized world (Boatwright 2004: 121). The Roman city itself emerged as a political beacon. Many members of the society became wealthy and powerful people within the Mediterranean world Boatwright (2004: 122). In addition to their growing wealth, O’Connell (2010: 35) notes that the Romans “drank deeply from the fountain of patriotism.” This love for their nation made the Romans stronger; forming a complex society.
The fall of the Roman Empire was undoubtedly a significant event in itself, but what were the long-term consequences for the European system? Kate Eugenie Mary Pickering 000066991 Dr Luke Cooper Evolution of International Systems Word Count: The Roman Empire, from 27 BC until 476 AD, entailed over four hundred years of rule from its imperial centre at Rome. The Roman Empire was larger than any that had existed before or has done since (Heather, 2006), however, large areas of Europe were still outside of the empire. In 476 AD, Augustus was deposed by Germanic King Odoacer (Fields and Hook, 2006), bringing the Roman Empire to an end. Following the fall of Rome, the Byzantine Empire in the east rose from its imperial centre at Constantinople and western Europe fell into a period of instability known as the ‘Dark Ages’.
Most empires have lasted more than a 100 years like the Roman empire which lasted for 1500 years however that was not the case for the Inca empire. The Incas started in a small area in Peru and prospered to become one of the most influential agrarian civilizations thriving for only 100 years (Inca Empire - Google Sites). However, the Inca empire was pushed to its fall by external forces such as disease and Spanish conquistadors. Disease weakened the empire and the Spanish conquistadors took advantage of the already crumbling Inca empire and fully destroyed it. The Inca empire's decline started when diseases such as smallpox, measles, chickenpox, and influenza spread throughout the empire killing between 50% and 90% of the population (The