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Decline Of The Roman Empire Essay

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Decline of the Roman Empire Rome wasn't built in a day, it took hundreds of years to expand it's empire. Rome's success was due to the fact of the character of it's people and the quality of their statesmanship (pg. 125). It took hundreds of years for The Roman Empire to collapse. The Roman Empire didn't fall because of any single reason. It fell, because of a chain reaction similar to the domino effect. When the character of it's people began to decay, so did the empire. When Rome began to decline it's concern wasn't for it's people, many were concern for their individual needs. Governors, tax collectors, and senators began to exploit their positions (pg. 132). The senate only cared for preserving ...view middle of the document...

Thousand of Greek slaves were brought to Rome, bringing their views of culture and society. This effected small farmers, because with the influx of slaves their was little need for small farmers. Rome received much of it's wealth through conquest. Since there was no empire left to conquer, this would lead to economic problems. Rome could support such a large empire spanning from Spain to the Persian Gulf, with having a upper class with such expensive taste. Rome's huge army had to be maintained to instill security to it's people. Maintenance of public construction, such as cleaning the streets, building and maintaining roads, and feeding the empire. With the inability to build and maintain roads this would hurt trade throughout the empire. So taxes would increase while trade declined, hurting small farmers and merchants even more. Patriotism among many soldiers in the army began to decline. Many soldiers lost their loyalty, often seeking riches for personal benefit. Not to mention, that there were many ambitious generals who used their soldiers in private armies for political and economic gain. In conclusion I felt that the fall of the Roman empire was due to internal weakness. Such as personal ambition, corrupt senate, private armies, high taxes, influx of slaves, loss of loyalty, poor leadership. It is true that their were other causes that weren't internal, the fact that their were no empires left to conquer, it's vast empire was to big to control with the technology that was at hand. But I felt that the major reason were internal, that internally Rome began to rot away. With this weakness present people's attitude, loyalty, patriotism, and respect also rotted away. The Rome Empire fell apart, from the inside out.

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