Fall of the Roman Empire Research Paper

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Why did the Roman Empire fall? This question is as extensive as the entire history that seeks to explain the Roman Empire. The main aim of this paper is to present the facts – and separate these from the myths – that define the fall of the Roman Empire. Information about the fall of the Roman Empire will be provided in a chronological – and detailed – manner. What factors, incidents, or actions led to the decline of the Roman Empire? This is the main question that will inform the entire analysis in the course of the paper. Just as Rome was not built in one day, the process of collapse did not take place overnight (Gibbon, 12).

From a historical point of view, the Roman Empire is presented as having lasted from 27 BC up to 476 AD. The period between the inception and fall of the Roman Empire exceeds 500 years. This leads to the question; what were the factors that led to the fall of an empire which had such a lengthy dominance? Were the various factors that led to the fall of the Roman Empire internal or external? Which forces had a greater impact on the Roman Empire in the course of its fall? Effective analysis and presentation of information with regards to the background information on this topic are dependent on the quality of the answer provided for these two questions. There are different answers provided in answering the main question presented in this topic. Some of the reasons that led to the fall of the Roman Empire include antagonism between the Senate and the emperor, decline in morals, political corruption and the Praetorian Guard, fast expansion of the empire, constant wars and heavy military spending, barbarian knowledge of Roman military tactics, failing economy, unemployment of the working classes (The Plebs, 25), the ‘Mob’ and the cost of the ‘games’, decline in ethics and values, slave labor, natural disasters, Christianity, and barbarian invasion. A closer look at these factors provides analytical grounds with regards to the internal and external factors that led to the fall of Rome. It is also evident to note that the fall of Rome did not place overnight. There were stages that defined the fall of this empire and Rome responded differently to the different factors and stages in the course of its fall (Heather, 22)…

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