The Fall Of The Roman Empire

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Several factors that contributed to the fall of Rome are the spread of Christianity, military decay, and economic factors. There was not one main event that occurred, and resulted with the collapse. There was a combination of many small issues that led up to this big event. There are numerous opinions on what actually caused the fall of Rome. Many people say that it was natural or inevitable. Others say that they are astounded that it lasted so long. Although most agree that Rome was doomed to fall eventually, it is impossible to pinpoint one, exact cause that led to Rome’s fall.
Christianity was a part in the decline of the Roman Empire. It was not the main contributor, but it did have a ...view middle of the document...

This contributed to the decline of the Roman Empire.
Military problems were a major source of the fall of the Roman Empire. First of all, the army was made up of unmotivated soldiers. They were much less efficient than the superior soldiers that Rome had in the past, who had passion and pride for the army. This made it much more difficult to win battles. Rome lost their control over the military situations.
In addition, Rome didn’t have new enlistments joining the army. Most people were too lazy to help fight and hired their slaves to do it for them. This was illegal but they found loopholes. The slaves that fought did not have the passion and desire to win. They didn’t care about the development of Rome because no matter what they did, they would be servants to it anyway. If you are not fighting to win, then what are you fighting for?
Rome could not rely on the older, more experienced, soldiers to help them. All of the veterans, who the government wanted to fight, were retired. They moved out to farms or estates and did not want to be bothered with government affairs. They once felt passion for the army and being a part of it, but that was a long time ago. They lost all the motivation that they once had.
Because of Rome’s lack of soldiers, they needed to make draft laws. All sons of veterans were forced to join the army. These draft laws were hated and difficult to enforce. Each village was required to enlist a certain number of soldiers each year. The qualifications for each soldier were; he needed to be from the age nineteen to thirty five, and his height had to be at least five foot ten. After they were enrolled, they were branded, to prevent them from running away. Just the fact that they were branded was enough to discourage people from joining the army. The military had very little money, so it was hard to provide comfortable _______ (living arrangements?) for the soldiers. They were not fed, clothed, or housed well. Men did not want to join an army like this
The Barbarians were attacking from the north and were successful. The Roman army was trying to consider ways to defeat them. Originally, their plan was to make a human wall by the north border, to refrain the Barbarians from coming into their land. This tactic was inefficient. Constantine was determined to uncover a better approach. He split up the blockade in the north into smaller military forces. “Constantine I also divided the army into mobile forces and frontier groups.”(Nardo, Don p.4 2) Each force was located in a city further south. The Barbarians were able to come in to their land a little, but then, they would be bombarded...

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