The Decline Of Empires: The Fall Of The Roman Empire

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The Roman Empire is one of the most well-known and prominent civilizations of its time. It was the epitome of power and the impact it made on Western civilization has been profound. The empire became a melting pot and a place where people of different backgrounds could trade and travel freely. It spread over a vast area of land and encompassed much of the area surrounding the Mediterranean, which is known as Western Europe. At the time, it may have seemed that bigger was better, but the sheer size of the Roman Empire contributed to its decline. Rome was ruled by emperors; some great, some not so great. These not so great rulers led the empire down a path of destruction and political decline. Though the Roman Empire made major contributions to future societies, it could not overcome the issues that led to its fall. The fall of the Roman Empire began around 184 A.D. after the death of Marcus Aurelius, who was the last of the five good emperors. During their rule, the empire had been in a period of prosperity and peace. After Marcus Aurelius died, that all changed. His son, Commodus took the throne and marked the beginning of a long line of corrupt and unsuccessful rulers. The twenty-eight rulers that followed Commodus were harsh military …show more content…
He gave it a new capitol at Byzantium and named it “New Rome”; later to be called Constantinople. To keep people from leaving, he even allowed landowners to prevent the workers and common people from leaving. Initially free men and women were becoming tenant farmers for large landowners in return for security. Constantine worked to promote religious tolerance by legalizing Christianity, and eventually becoming a Christian himself. It was eventually deemed the official religion of the Roman Empire. Even though he tried to keep the empire together, that did not stop the eastern and western halves from becoming more and more distant from each

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