Essay on The Decline Of The Roman Empire

1979 Words Dec 13th, 2016 8 Pages
This past November of 2016, the citizens of the United States elected its 45th president, Donald J. Trump. A common comparison in several reactionary articles was that the election of Trump was a sign that the United States was falling, just as Rome once had. The modern United States falling condition, in spite of selected similar situations, is not quite as vast in scale to that of the Rome of Late Antiquity. Several generations of authors and historians have had their own opinions on the multiple causes of the decline, or, some argue that it was not a fall, but a period of transformation. The differences in opinions can presumably be traced back to the historical context that each of the historians has lived in. In other words, as time has passed, opinions have changed. Furthermore, opinions on the Fall of Rome will likely evolve more with time, just as opinions will on whether or not the United States is also falling. English historian Edward Gibbon’s composition The History of the Decline of the Roman Empire was one of the first templates of its kind. The book series argued that the Fall of Rome was due to numerous factors and Gibbon breaks the information down into three periods; the age of Trajan and the Antonines, the reign of Justinian, and the six and a half centuries of revival of the Western Empire until the capture of Constantinople by the Turks (as per the author’s prefatory notes). In the end, Gibbon identified four principle reasons of the…

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