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Rise And Fall Of The Roman Empire

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Everything is nothing in the End:Why Rome FellRome was a great empire at one time. It stretched across the world, and has no doubtShaped the world as we see it now. However, it eventually started to weaken and fall. There wasnot one sole reason that Rome to fall, but rather many varied ones. These reasonsincluded financial reason, loss of public support and outside invasions.At its height, Rome was a shining example for the whole world to follow. Rome hadconquered almost a third of the world's land mass, stretching across Europe, Africa andAsia. Rome greatly spread the concept of Western philosophy because every conqueredstate would be influenced by this influx of Roman idea's. As you can ...view middle of the document...

They would allow them to keep their religion and way of life. Al they wouldtake is a tribute and soldiers. If the conquered states had no problem with you, and arecontent to be part of the empire and pay you tribute, they are not rebelling. If they aren'trebelling, then you can spend those resources they give you on expanding andstrengthening yourself instead of quelling rebellions. All things that rise must fall. Atabout 200 A.D., the Roman Empire started its decline. There was not just one reason thatRome fell, just as there was not only reason it rose to the level it did.Some of the reasons were political. The government that had kept Rome rolling on for700 years had become corrupt and the rich no longer cared at all what happened to therest of the populace. There was no clear line of succession, so when a ruler died, it wasvery hazy on the issue of who rule. This would tear people apart, and there was fighting.Later on the armies would decide who would rule, and picked out a leader from their ownranks.The public support for the institution that was Rome had left during the fall. Rome hadonce counted on people's civic pride to get recruits for the army. This civic pride nolonger existed. People were more interested in feeding themselves, which was not easy,as many jobs had been taken by slaves. Slaves replaced small farmers in Latifundia andconstantly rebelled . The unemployment and lack of food had gotten rid of the patriotismthat many Roman's had. Romans had been hard-working, honest, patriotic people. Thelack of work and the abolishing of the middle class had done the people in. The future ofthis country maybe?In the end Rome just did not have enough money to keep itself going. The smallfarmers the Rome was built on were replaced by Latifundia, and these giant farms wereruled by the rich ....

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