Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Roman Empire's Fall

The Roman Empire was a benefactor of many great emperors who led the way to a prosperous era.  However, the emperors took a turn for the worse and failed in leading Rome as well as other people had.  Rome suffered a huge blow form these new, terrible emperors, this was when Rome began to fall.  Despite efforts of recovering from the damage done by the awful emperors, it was nearly impossible for Rome to recover and rise from this major blow; as a result, the Roman Empire declined greatly.  The Roman Empire suffered a great fall from which it could never fully recover.
There was much conflict within the empire that contributed to its fall.  These conflicts included many military issues, “An entirely different story played out in the west, where the empire was wracked by internal conflict as well as threats from abroad--particularly from the Germanic tribes now established within the empire's frontiers--and was steadily losing money due to constant warfare” (Ancient Rome — Articles, Video, Pictures and Facts.)  Rome was being attacked constantly due to their weakened state.  Enemies would not give up and eventually Rome was at its weakest point.  There were many issues within Rome too.  The political leaders of Rome were making decisions that the people who lived in Rome did not agree with, so a rebellion began.
            During the fall of the Roman Empire, Rome’s emperors only lasted for a few months, weeks, and even days, During the next 100 years, Rome had 37 different emperors - 25 of whom were removed from office by assassination. This contributed to the overall weaknesses, decline and fall of the empire.” (Rome, info Fall of the Roman Empire, Decline of Ancient Rome) Originally back when Rome was at its peak the emperors were phenomenal and knew what they were doing.  During the fall these emperors were replaced with people who had little to know experience and would only rule for a little at a time before they were assassinated because of their poor leadership.  Rome began to realize what was happening around them and they became very nervous.  Immediately they began throwing the blame on one another and the poor leaders.  The empire began to crumble due to the chaotic government. 
       A major factor in the Roman Empire’s decline was the suffering they had due to loss of land.  Rome eventually collapsed under the weight of its own bloated empire, losing its provinces one by one: Britain around 410; Spain and northern Africa by 430” (Ancient Rome — Articles, Video, Pictures and Facts.) Massive fights and mayhem broke out in the empire but Rome did not seem to see it.  Other places were completely aware of what was happening.  They either attacked or fled from the empire. Many countries left the falling empire and became their own independent empire.  Rome was not even able to again any of this land back due to their weakened state.
            The Roman Empire suffered a terrible collapse due to various reasons.  A major factor in the decline was the government.  There was no knowledgeable and skilled leaders who were helping Rome, instead they all brought Rome down.  The government was probably the root point of the fall.  Rome also lacked a skilled military to fend off enemies who conquered Rome’s land and took it away.  The decrease in size Rome suffered caused more tension within the Empire.  Other countries could see this and broke away from Rome.  Rome suffered so greatly that it was not able to recover from what happened; it was never the same again.

"Rome, info Fall of the Roman Empire, Decline of Ancient Rome." Rome Tourist Information,             Ancient Rome Travel Guide. Web. 14 Apr. 2011. <>.
B.c., Around 300. "Ancient Rome — Articles, Video, Pictures and Facts." —    History Made Every Day — American & World History. Web. 14 Apr. 2011.           <>.

1 comment:

  1. This is a good start, but it needs a bit of work.

    a) You say: "Originally back when Rome was at its peak the emperors were phenomenal and knew what they were doing." Be specific: what do you consider Rome's "peak"? Also, that quote from is about the Era of the Soldier Emperors -- that's several generations before the end of the Roman Empire.

    b) You lay the blame on the incompetence of the Emperors, but Rome had suffered incompetent emperors throughout it's history -- from Caligula to Nero to Commodus. Why does this effect Rome so dramatically now at the end?

    c) In terms of sources, is not substantial; it's basically a tourist guide. I would suggest using the Internet History Sourcebook and the resources available on the class wiki.