Essay about The Rise of the Papacy

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INTRODUCTION This paper will look into the primary reasons for the rise of the Roman papacy to power, and a few of the many things that aided the papacy in getting there. The fall of the Roman Empire is clearly a key factor in the rise of the papacy, so a look into the factors that caused the fall of the Roman Empire is essential. Secondly, a look into how the church positioned itself, to step into the vacuum of power left behind by the fall of the Roman Empire will prove to be needed. Lastly, there will be a brief look at the positive and negative ramifications that ensued from the churches rise to power. This paper will not be an exhaustive look into the rise of the papacy, but instead will provide a good place to start ones study into …show more content…
If Rome was immoral from the beginning, then how did they rise to power, and how did they maintain their power for so long? 4
Concentration of Power
The issue of power played a considerable role in the fall of the Roman Empire, when the Roman republic transitioned to a society governed by the voice of one instead of the many. The transition to this style of government combined with the immorality inside the government led to the loss of public spirit. Under this new establishment the public no longer controlled the army, and without control of the army the masses feared the government and their tactics. The transition to a government ran by a Caesar was difficult enough, but when combined with the other issues of the day it was destructive.5 2 Keith Bradley, “Leisure and Ancient Rome,” Canadian Journal of History 31, no. 3 (December 1996): 425-26. 3 Charles DeLorme, “Rent Seeking and Taxation in the Ancient Roman Empire,” Applied Economics, April 10, 2005, 705 4 PH.D Michael A. Babcock, The Story of Western Culture, 1ST ed. (n.p.: HPS Publishing, 2011), 136. 5 Ibid, p.137.

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