The Fall of Rome

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History 101
11 December 2012
The Fall of Rome
For over five hundred years the Roman Empire proved itself powerful and strong throughout its reign from 27 BC through 476 AD until it’s unfortunate decline that led to the tragic fall of Rome. As Rome had expanded its reign through the expansion of Asia, Europe, and Africa, Rome continued to be the most powerful until a series of factors started to have a negative affect and begin the decline of Rome. Due to a series of both internal and external factors that affected Rome negatively, their decline was not instant, but instead was a slow decline that eventually led to the complete fall of Rome. Internally, Rome dealt with many political, economical, and social issues that tremendously aided the decline. Likewise, as Rome was going through these many internal issues, they were dealt with an external force known as, invaders who were determined to overrun Rome and it’s empire. Since Rome slowly began dealing with the many negative issues that were occurring internally and externally, they eventually were unable to mend the issues that they were faced with and slowly came to their fall.

As their empire began to decline, Rome had to deal with many internal issues that dealt with political, economical, and social drawbacks. As the decline was beginning, Rome dealt with many political corruptions that affected their government and the supporters of the government. Surprisingly, one of Rome’s biggest political corruptions involved the difficulty of choosing a new emperor and the troubles they would have uniting with each other versus the chosen action of plotting against each other for control. Since there was no predetermined course of action for choosing the next emperor, it was simply open for debate between the old emperor, the Praetorian Guard, the army, and the Senate. As each of these individuals had different wants for their emperor, during a hundred year span Rome went through thirty-seven different emperors,...
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