Western Roman Empire

827 Words 4 Pages
The split of the Roman Empire into two divisions– eastern and western empires, were the results of the quick growth of the Roman Empire. Because of this growth, successful rule of each area was becoming difficult. In hope to maintain order, Emperor Diocletian came to the conclusion around 285 CE that the best solution to this problem would be to split the Roman Empire . The eastern part of the Roman Empire, know as the Byzantine Empire, was founded by Constantine the Great in 330 AD and had a powerful military and economy. The many differences in the two empires caused the Western Roman Empire to collapse in the late 5th century CE, but the Eastern Roman Empire was able to thrive into the Middle Ages. Byzantium was still considered a part …show more content…
While the Byzantine Empire was continuing to grow, Western Europe was going through what was considered to be the “dark ages”, because they were not thriving . The horrible economy of the Western Roman Empire contributed to the fall of their downfall. When the amount of produce being grown and trade decreased, they were left with no other choice but to increase the price of food. The western economy continued to get worse and inflation was the result . Because of the Western Empire’s lack of resources, they were unable to produce goods to trade with other areas, such as the East. With no trade and less food being purchased, the government decided to create a form of coin that did not contain much silver, a decision soon leading to inflation. With less money coming into the Western Empire, the government was forced to only hire “cheaper and less reliable Germanic soldiers to fight in Roman armies ”, resulting in much defeat in wars and battles when the Western Empire of Rome was attacked by outside territories. The fall of the Western Empire of Rome is said to have been an example of the domino effect . According to “Barbarian Invasion of the Roman Empire”, the main internal causes for the fall of Rome include the failing economy, high taxes, Romans were becoming lazy and comfortable, and Roman soldiers were not loyal to the emperors, but to the leaders of the

Related Documents