The Crumbling Walls Of Rome Essay

1935 Words Dec 15th, 2015 8 Pages
From the crumbling walls of the ancient authority of Rome, two new powers, the Church and western leaders, established their hold on the medieval world. Ushering in an age of population boom, business, and an interest in antiquity, the Church and fledgling powers of the west struggled to find their footing in society. Some cities, such as Rome, survived the change by adapting, and others faded into nothing more than a memory. Cities, empires, and the Church all played a pivotal roles in the fabric of power controlling medieval culture. As the power of Rome began to recede, the control they held over cities they had established to the west eventually disappeared. In correlation, many cities reduced in size and power, while others flickered and blew away like smoke. However, in the early middle ages there seemed to exist a formula for any successful city: almost every city that survived was connected to the Church via bishop. These bishops held such importance that the cities they had connections with became powerful. So, in an early medieval city, the secret to survival included dependence on another important pillar – the Church. Adding to the original thread of early cities, the early Church rose in power because of its Christian background. During this time, the office of bishop, in connection to his assigned city, ascended in influence. One bishop and ancient city shown as the beacon for all other bishops to follow: Rome. Gregory the Great, the first Pope, tied the…

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