The Decline Of Roman Empire Essay

1324 Words Feb 5th, 2016 6 Pages
The Roman Empire was a powerful, imperialistic nation that dominated the world for 500 years, due to its successful military and thriving government. It was destined for an industrial revolution, according to Esolen, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization. So what exactly caused the fall of Rome? Historians have debated numerous theories. The most famous explanation is the invasions of Germanic tribes. However, the internal conditions of Rome include: unstable economic conditions, corrupt leadership, and overexpansion, heavily contributed to the fall as well. •Another popular theory is the influence of Christianity because of its contrast in values and biases of other cultures. Some historians question why Rome lasted as long as it did, Edward Gibbon even said, “The decline of Rome was the natural and inevitable effect of immoderate greatness… The story of the ruin of its ruin is simple and obvious; and instead of inquiring why the Roman Empire was destroyed, we should rather be surprised that it had subsisted so long.” This is an interesting perspective on the Fall of Rome and should be taken into consideration, when pinpointing the exact causes of the fall. The most realistic explanation is that it is a combination of all these theories that led to the fall of the Roman Empire. During the time of the Roman Empire, there were Germanic Tribes that lived in the unoccupied area of Europe. The Germanic people were experiencing an expansion of population and…

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