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The Demise of an Empire
Edward Gibbons, author of the esteemed novel The Decline and Fall of Rome, once cleverly wrote “the decline of Rome was the natural and inevitable effect of immoderate greatness. Prosperity ripened the principle of decay. The story of the ruin is simple and obvious and instead of inquiring why the Roman Empire was destroyed we should rather be surprised that it has subsisted for so long." The Roman Empire lasted over 500 years and had seemed invincible and immortal, only to fall as all civilizations inevitably do when their time comes. The empire was known to be incredibly powerful, extending its rule across the Mediterranean, Western Europe and North Africa, achieving feats in all areas such as architecture, philosophy and poetry and defeating its enemies with ease. But what factors lead to the slow and steady decline of a superpower the world once looked up to with awe and fear? The Roman Empire’s collapse did not have one solid concrete reason, but had many contributing factors that ultimately lead to its demise. One could say that the rise and fall of the Roman Empire prophesizes the same fate that superpower nations will also share, unless society can learn from its ancestors mistakes and change its ways. One of the primary reasons of Rome’s deterioration were the invasions made by barbarian tribes. Rome had suffered a string of military losses and had struggled fighting against the Germanic tribes for centuries. In the late fourth century, an uprising by the Germanic tribe had left Rome shaking. By 476, the Germanic leader, Odoacer, staged a revolt and had Romulus Augustulos, the last Roman emperor deposed. Within the walls of Rome, many problems were also occurring leading to its collapse from the within. There was a financial crisis due to the constant...
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