Foreign invaders, such as the Visigoths and Ostrogoths wanted to conquer Rome. Rome’s first mistake was inviting these enemies into their territory. Evidence from a map of the Foreign invasions of Rome show evidence on not an invasion, but a migration (Document C.) So, when other Germanic tribes decided to invade, they could have allies on the inside. One of Rome’s enemies, the Huns were a ruthless group. In Document D, stated is “Fired with an overwhelming desire for seizing the property of others, these swift moving and ungovernable people make their destructive way amid the pillage and slaughter of those who live around them.” This piece of evidence shows how savage Rome’s enemies were.
From hence it happens, that the Romans, though at first defeated, are always able to renew the war; […].” After Carthage Rome’s hunger for new lands was nearly insatiable, this perhaps was brought about by the very act of the long war with the Carthaginians. Changes were in store for Rome due to their now very war-like attitude. Changes in senate policy along with social order would reorganize Rome for the foreseeable future. Consuls and tribunes held positions in the senate, both of whom were strongly linked to the army therefore the senate would ultimately control the Roman army. “[…] the tribunes alone […] are subject to them, and bound to obey their commands.” Rome’s foreign policy lay with the senate and their military arm.
Soldiers began to fight through grueling and harsh conditions in battle without armor leaving them in a losing position. Roman soldiers without armor wouldn’t stand a chance against those who were skilled fighters and wore armor. In addition, in Document B, it stated,”Therefore, they first asked the emperor to set aside the breastplates...and then the helmets.” Based on this quote, Roman
These actions by the general completely disregarding the law, created by the republic, that stated that generals would not lead troops within Italy proper. This of course created civil war in which the senate of other leading generals disagreed with Caesar’s actions. But still the young Julius prevailed, he eventually defeated those who opposed him and with his belief that the republic would be served better with one unified ruler, he was appointed dictator by the state for a period of 10 years, (www.regent.edu. 6.). Julius never got to experience the full extent of those 10 years because, but a few short years later he was assassinated by multiple members of the senate, to include his good friend and confidant Brutus “et tu Brute,” (Shakespeare, Act 3 Scene 1).
The people that were left in the tribe at the time did not sign up to leave their homes, which demonstrates how powerless they were over the invasion. In fact, the leaders of these tribes signed the treaties then ran off and the 17,000 people that were left did not agree with the treaty; however, they were still forced to go to Oklahoma. The humiliation began as soon as the General Scott’s troops arrived in the Cherokee territory. Private John Burnett explained how he saw the Cherokee as they were “dragged from their homes, and driven at the bayonet point into stockades”(Burnett). It was as if the Native Americans were wild animals that were
Carthage also had many gifted leaders and general like Hannibal, who lead their armies on conquests through the Mediterranean. These conquests yielded many new territories for the city but their primary wealth still came from there trade services. The growth of their economic strength was astounding as they acquire gold and silver from various nations in the region. One such nation was Spain. Spain would give the Carthage large sums of money for good from other countries.
He also closed down all press he did not approve of, and used propaganda to glorify himself with his successes and blamed his failures on others. He created a Napoleonic aristocracy where his family members became Kings, Queens, Princes, and Princesses. He also mowed down protesting mobs with cannons, doing anything in his power to suppress opposition. He even used bags filled with sharp metal, and launched it in cannons, killing with terrifying effectiveness. But not everything Napoleon did was bad.
In the play Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, the story of a corrupt Roman government unfolds. Brutus, the loyal “best friend” of Caesar, murders him in an attempt to save the citizens of Rome from becoming slaves under Caesar’s rule. Brutus and other conspirators, such as Cassius, believe that Caesar would have been a terrible king to the people of Rome because of the false proclamations of Caesar being a god. The idea of murder for the justice of the Roman people those against Caesar had was the idea of using violence to evoke justice. These similar tactics and ideas that violence can solve most problems are still used today in the American government.
So Rome had 2 options, either have a small military or an army full of mercenaries. A mercenary is a paid soldier. So Rome paid thousands of German soldiers to fight for them. Obviously this made Rome 's military weak because they would easily run from battle or betray Rome because they had nothing to protect in Rome. Another reason the Roman empire fell to shambles was because the Roman military stopped going on military conquests.
Approximately around the 1340’s, the Black Death was rampant through Europe. There were three variations of it called bubonic, septicemic and pneumonic. The people of the time believed the plague was a punishment of God because they had no knowledge of germs and how they spread. The plague was killing many people and out of fear they came together in churches to pray but this only spread things more. The priest and noblemen fled leaving their people to die.
The entering of barbarians into Rome was one of the many events leading to their eventual demise. However, this wasn 't the ultimate intention of most of the Germanic tribes. One of these tribes, the Visigoths, held Rome in high esteem and simply wanted to be apart of the great empire. Many times the germanic people were welcomed into Rome even into the army but eventually too many were coming in and demanding Roman titles. This was magnified in the fourth century when the Huns were besaring down on the tribes along the outskirts of Rome and forcing them further in.
It was so sad to see him leave. In the letter he wrote to me, he said Spartacus had about 70,000 slaves with him at the time. The Gauls and Germans, lead by Crixus wanted to stay in Rome to plunder but Spartacus wanted to lead the slaves across the Alps and escape from Italy. As a result of the disagreeance, they separated into two groups and went their own ways. The senate sent two consuls and legions after Spartacus and his cohorts.
Others joined for hopes of power, territory and riches. The peasants joined to escape the hard, boring, medieval life seeking adventure. The first crusade consisted of peasants following Peter the Hermits call towards Constantinople. The peasants controlled by a hatred against unbelievers killed Jews on the way. The crusaders were not disciplined, trained so as being peasants they stole what they wanted and some were killed by angry Europeans.