The Decline of Rome

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What were the most important reasons for the decline of the Roman Empire? Why?

The seemingly unstoppable Roman Empire was bound to fall after the many aspects that made Rome such a dominant empire started to fade away. Rome was the center of the world and the thought that such a worldwide power could decline was unheard of. It was not built in a day; therefore it couldn?t be destroyed in one day. The marvelous city declined for many reasons yet there are only a few major reasons that led to its diminish. Political, economic, religious, and outside forces were the major factors that led to the fall of the giant empire. Most of the problems came from within the city and were not caused by a major military defeat. Every decision that Rome made had a vast affect on city itself and the rest of the world. Many foolish decisions my terrible emperors weakened the city and eventually cause the many aspects of life to crumble.

At one time a common religion was a huge factor that kept Romans united. Once the right of free worship was denied Rome became an empire of raging anger. Christianity a new religion appealed to the majority of the people of the Roman Empire. The message especially appealed to the poor and the slaves; it was also something new to put their faith in. Christianity was spread like wild fire. The Roman emperors felt that Christianity was so influential that it could be a possible threat. Around 100 AD. the first persecutions of the Christians occurred. Many of the Romans had already committed to the faith of Christianity and they refused to abandon it because it was the most important part of their life. This led to many social problems as well as a decline in the patriotism that had once lived in the hearts of all Romans. The People objected to Roman politics and became independent of the government. By the time that Constantine legalized Christianity it was much too late and the Empire was too deep in disunity to recover. The decision to outlaw Christianity was a terrible decision and caused the once united empire to crumble.

Throughout much of the time that Rome existed, the Empire allowed the Germanic tribes to live peacefully within its territories. For many years the two groups lived harmoniously until the Huns pushed the tribes farther into Rome. The Germans were treated badly and the Vistagoths soon turn against the Romans. In a terrible battle the Roman army was overcome and the Vistagoths soon seized the city of Rome and took it over. Shortly after the city was conquered the Huns lost a battle with the Roman/Vistagoth army. The Eastern Empire decided against an attempt to regain control of Rome because Barbarians controlled the city.

Many political mishaps led to the fall of Rome. One of the major problems with the Empire was that it was a vast city, spreading from Spain to the Persian Gulf. The Roman government system was designed to control a city-state not a giant empire. Due to poor transportation methods the central government could not keep the vast area under its control. As a result to poor unity of the empire two capitals were created which added to the economic problems. Rome was split into two empires. The western region was much weaker and collapsed in 400 AD. The legions of soldiers often lost trust of emperors and were ultimately under the control of the general. Often a power hungry general would use the legion under his control to seize power to overthrow the emperor. An empire which couldn?t control its own army was bound to end in anarchy. The emperors of the late Empire were not qualified to control such a vast region. Nineteen out of twenty consecutive emperors died a violent death while on the throne. Obviously, the people of Rome were not pleased with the job that the emperors were doing. However emperors such as Diocletine and Constantine prolonged the life of the Empire but could not stop its decline in the long run. Rome was once ruled by its people but was eventually ruled by power desperate tyrants.

The most significant factor leading to the fall of Rome was the decline of the economy. The government had many debts to pay. A way had to be found