The Fall of Rome

December 13, 2010

Using your class notes, text book, completed homework assignments and one internet resource answer the following writing prompt:

What factors, interior and exterior, led to the Fall of Rome?  Write a conclusion paragraph listing and explaining the different factors and explain which factor(s) you think played the greatest role.  You are to use one internet resource, which you must cite using the website in your answer.

126 Responses to “The Fall of Rome”

  1. Wyatt Steele said:

    stay classy freeport because this is a test

  2. Jenna Uric said:

    The Roman Empire was split into two, west and east, by Diocletian.

  3. dominique santillo said:

    the empire being so big had heavy taxes that suppourted the huge empire. realing on slaves, and the Germanic Invasions. Rome hired mercaneries that were forigen soliders that served for pay. the upper class devoting their selves to luxary and the middle classes becoming poor. the fall of rome being lead on by many things.

  4. Mathew Brown said:

    Some interior reasons for the fall of Rome are government issues such as high taxes and the 26 different rulers in 50 years Rome had as a result of Civil War. Also citizens quit caring about poititcs and drinking and partying got out of control. Inflation was also a big issue in Rome, and the land in Rome became infertile and and Rome faced famine and many farmers lost their farms.
    Some exterior provblems are that the Huns had chased the British and the Germans into Rome. Rome was also attacked many times form the Western territories. Also Rome’s army was refusing to fight so Rome had to hire mercenaries. Romes trade status also fell because of the famine and infertile land in Rome.

  5. Wyatt Steele said:

    The fall of Rome was caused by many interior and exterior factors. Some exterior factors were invaders. The huns attacked from central Asia. The goths and the vandals also attacked from Europe.The roman legions no longer cared about the fate of Rome. Rome even hired mercaneries to fight their battles for them and protect their borders. Interior Factors were social decay. Many people lost patriotism and no longer cared about the success of the empire.High taxes, and an oppressive government also caused for the fall of Rome. Senetors had barely any power, and their were 26 emperors in 50 years. Wikipedia says “Farmers abandoned their land and fled to the cities looking for work”. The roman land became infertile and the farmers could no longer grow their crops. Eventually, the emperor Diocletian split the empire into a western, and an eastern half. The western half continued to be attacked by invaders, while the eastern half continued to prosper. Finally, in 476 AD the Western empire will fall. The Eastern empire continues to thrive, however assumes a new name. The new Byzantine empire reigns for another 1,000 years.

  6. cole said:

    In my oppinion, the fall of Rome started with the divison of the empire. For that was caused by Diocletian. And due to the oppresive government and the high taxed economy the fellow townsmen were not pleased with how the area was being ran. And with that being said, the Huns came in and anialated the west side of rome. which then caused social decay in the east. Then a thousand years later the east was down.

  7. James Libengood said:

    The roman’s wanted the government to hand them everyting to them.The government raised taxs too high. The military lacked training. They also hired mercenery’s to fight for them. The mercenery’s only did it for the money and some times refused to fight. The mittle class was going pore because of taxes. there was 26 emporors in 50 years.

  8. makenzie koegler said:

    There were many different factors that all contrubutied in the fall of Rome. First, The people. The people were lazy and just wanted entertainment and relied to much on the government to provide everything for them. When times started getting harder and they were losing money people didnt know how to coup. What caused this coruption was the economy. the taxes were rising because of the empire being so big! The taxes made farmers go unemployed because they couldnt offerd to pay taxes. Also there land was so old and dried up they were unable to grow anything. Next Rome was being destroyed by intruders. Expesially the Huns. They attacked Rome but just stole there valubels. This was not something that helped Rome out. The government had, had many emperors that were killed resolving in a new emperor. Therefore Rome pretty much had no power. Once the Western half of Rome was destroyed Diocletain came and split Rome in 2. So the Eastern half of Rome was able to survive.

  9. Jenna Uric said:

    There are four main reasons that caused the fall of Rome. They include the economy, military, politics, and social decay. The economy had gone down, the taxes were heavy and there were just many problems in the economy. The Romans did not explore technology because they relied on slave labor way too much. The farmers were abandoning their land because they soil was not fertile and there was no agriculturale activity. The middle class was becoming poor and many people left because of the taxes. War and disease were diminishing the population.

    The military was losing power and had to bring in mercenaries. This weakened the military because they were only in it for the money. They also had to hire Germanics to fight against other Germanics. The Huns had chosen to chase people into Rome. With the Huns invading it was difficult to protect the empire because it was so huge.

    The politics were not any better than the economy or military. Rome had an oppressive government with high taxes, and was full of chaos. It also consisited of corrupt officials with many emperors killed and the senate with no power. Diocletian split the empire into east vs. west. The Roman government lost support of people and had no citizen soldiers in the military.

    The social decay consisted of erosion of values and people became selfish and greedy. All the people wanted was handouts from the government and only cared about the entertainmaint they were receiving free of charge.

  10. Taylor Bouch said:

    The Roman Empire is known for its power over many other empires. The way taxes became higher. The expanses of many food/goods were raised. The Roman Empire had to lower the prices. More people had less and less courage in the Roman Empire and soon later gave up. The Roman Empire later had no support from the people. Twenty-six empires out of fifty were killed. The Roman Empire did not have a well or wealthy live style. They always had to change never really had set ground rules they had to follow. The people always said “bread and circuses”, to me this means the only thing people wanted from their empire was more and more food, goods, and whatever they needed. They always wanted intertainment. No one was ever interested in working for what they want. This all soon led to The Fall Of Rome. Rome later fell apart and was split into two different empires. The eastern part of the empire was stronger, better, and wealthier. The western part was the one that was being attacked constantly, they never had the time to regain power.

  11. Shelbee Polena said:

    There were a few different factors leading to the fall of Rome. There were the Huns and other Germanic peoples attacking them. Their economy was in terrible shape: the taxes were high and they relied too much on slaves. The people were lazy and selfish. But one, I think, was the greatest factor.
    The lack of political power and morals lead straight to the fall of Rome. If leaders have no power, then they cannot enforce rules. If there are no rules, then there is no order. If there is no order, there is chaos. The people didn’t do their work and became lazy because the rulers didn’t have enough power to enforce rules. They were too busy killing emperors and raising taxes and focusing on entertainment. If they were focused on entertainment, how could not expect the people to be, also? When Diocletian split the empire, he saved it. The fall of western Rome was unavoidable, though. Even if the emperors had not been in fear for their lives and focused on ruling the empire, nothing lasts forever. Not even Rome.
    http://www.fsmitha.com/com/Rome.htm

  12. Jimmy Mansmann said:

    The fall of Rome was caused by the economy crashing and war. The government had to have high taxes so the population went down because people moved out of Rome. Then Rome became very weak in their army and they lost many battles and ended up being conquered by the huns in the on the western part. The East part survived for another 1000 years. Diocletian split Rome into two regions to help Rome out. http://www.ancient-rome.biz/downfall.html

  13. Hunter Comeau said:

    In my opinion, I think that the idea of mercenaries was a big reason leading up to the fall of Rome. One reason is because them people wanted to get paid and that was the only reason they were fighting, they were not fighting for their homeland. Another reason was “bread and circuses” which means people were expecting to get food and money, but not having to work. The circuses part meant that they were expecting entertainments like the gladiator fights. They also lost the support of the people which lead to the senate having no power. They also divided the empire into two. That ended up being a bad idea because in the next 50 years they had 26 emperors. They were always worried about looking over their shoulders coming to kill them which meant they were more worried about the people coming to kill them rather than the needs of the country. Some say the split into a eastern and western empire governed by separate emperors caused Rohttp://ancienthistory.about.com/cs/romefallarticles/a/fallofrome.htmme to fall.

  14. Travis Zema said:

    The fall of the Roman Empire was led by certain interior and exterior factors which include their economy, militia, politics, and social stance. The Romans ultimately failed economically because their government was taxing money the citizens didn’t have. The Roman military failed due to undisciplined army that forced them to bring in mercenaries. Romans politics also lead to their demise because of corrupt officials who were only looking for personal gain. Lastly the Romans social stance leads to the empire falling because of erosion of traditional values such as patriotism, discipline, and devotion. Overall these factors lead to the empire falling but in my opinion the lack of military stability lead to their eventually end.
    (http://ancienthistory.about.com/cs/romefallarticles/a/fallofrome.htm)

  15. Anthony Hesselrode said:

    What factors, interior and exterior, led to the Fall of Rome? Write a conclusion paragraph listing and explaining the different factors and explain which factor(s) you think played the greatest role. You are to use one internet resource, which you must cite using the website in your answer.
    Rome was too big for one emperor to handle, it was taxing the citizens money they did not have, and it was paying mercenaries to fight for Rome because citizens did not have the patriotism that was needed to fight, and for that reason, Rome fell to the Huns. If the Huns were to attack 300 years before this, Rome would have dealt with this a lot better. They also split the roman empire into two, and this started the decay of rome.
    http://ancienthistory.about.com/cs/romefallarticles/a/fallofrome.htm

  16. Clay said:

    Using your class notes, text book, completed homework assignments and one internet resource answer the following writing prompt:
    What factors, interior and exterior, led to the Fall of Rome? Write a conclusion paragraph listing and explaining the different factors and explain which factor(s) you think played the greatest role. You are to use one internet resource, which you must cite using the website in your answer.
    There were many factors contributing to the fall of Rome. It was a combination of economical and political issues that lead to the problems occurring in the military and in general society. As inflation rose in the Roman Empire, the government decided to tax the people even further. This was a mistake simply because the people did not have the money they were asking for. It was as if the government was trying to pull money out of the piggy bank, despite knowing it was empty. This threw the people even deeper in debt and farmers went out of business leaving the people needing food to fend for themselves. The population declined and this was not helped by the political chaos that was happening. There was no stable political power and the once well governing body of Rome was merely a shell of its former self. The senate had no power and the emperor was never in power long enough to make a progressive decision. This of course left the military in the vulnerable and weak. They were not nearly the threat they once were. The social decay of Rome was pathetic. The lack of patriotism was astonishing and no one cared about any real issues. So even though all of these factors are linked together, they all were major pieces in the fall of the Roman Empire.
    Clay Hess
    (http://ancienthistory.about.com/cs/romefallarticles/a/fallofrome.htm)- High Taxes and poor government

  17. Gavin Gaspersic said:

    When Theodosius died that was the shattering point of Rome for he was the last good leader. Diocletion split the empire in half (east and the west) because the people were out of control, and wouldn’t volunteer to be in Rome’s military. Therefore Rome had to buy mercenaries to fight and defend their country which was a problem because the mercenaries didn’t really fight their hearts out because they weren’t defending their country and their main goal was just to live so they got their pay. As a result of their weak army many nomadic tribes invading Rome and easily defeated Rome’s army. The most feared group though where the Huns. They slaughtered any one in their path and had no mercy, so they killed innocent children, women, and elders. It wasn’t just he military and social reasons though. Their economy was suffering from inflation, their taxes were heavy, farmers went out of business due to taxes, and they had infertile land, so they couldn’t grow any more food! The major factor though was the politics. People just wanted to be emperor to be wealthy, and when they were emperor they didn’t worry about governing they worried about surviving. For they had 26 emperors in 50 years! Also they started as a republic and the senate had all the power, but now the senate had no power so the emperors had complete power. Eventually though the emperor had no power because they had no army, land, or people to control, and this all led to the Fall of Rome! http://www.historyforkids.org/learn/romans/history/fall.htm is the website I found the fact for my first sentence!

  18. Tyler Miller said:

    In my opinion the fall of Rome was caused primarily by social decay, coupled with the external and economical forces against Rome, the collapse of the empire was imminent. The social decay in the Roman Empire caused many citizens not fulfill their civic and military duties. The once great Roman Empire, which thrived off of people filling political positions and joining the legions. With declining human resources the Romans would still have to fend off an imminent economic and agricultural collapse. These collapses were due to the infertile, and overused land that farmers used to sustain an empire for nearly a millennium.(about.com) When the government began raising taxes in great numbers, the farmers could not provide for themselves, let alone the rest of the empire. These farmers moved to the cities and became beggars, causing more unrest and food shortages. Instead of addressing these problems plaguing the empire, the politicians were involved in countless civil wars and assassinations. In a period of fifty years, the empire had twenty six emperors. This set the stage for barbarian invaders to terrorize Rome and the surround cities and countryside. During the Republic, Rome would have easily been able to drive off these invaders and reclaim their lands. Social decay however caused less support for the military and political positions, this weakened military held out as long as it could but still could not defeat the barbarians; this is partially due to many generals fighting civil wars for the politicians they support. Social decay was caused in part by the citizens not being threatened by outside forces for most of the Empire’s existence. Everyone believed that someone else would save and protect Rome. Romans were not worried about world events, engagements, or politics but rather with individual enjoyment and pleasure. This came to be known as “Bread and Circuses” That is, the people expected to be given food and entertainment. This all led to the demise of Rome.
    Rome can be compared to a bodybuilder in the fact that when one uses all of his strength to build up, once he gets to a certain point he uses all of his energy just to maintain himself.
    -Tyler Miller

  19. Mitchell O'Shell said:

    In my opinion the fall of Rome started as soon as Diocletian split the empire into two. Anytime you split a country, empire, state or whatever into two you bound to have some kind of problems. The whole reasoning to this is one half might have a better source of food and the other half may not; therefore the one half feels that the other part of the country should help them because that isn’t fair. This is when problems would start to flow over all kinds of situations like this one, and that is what happened to Rome. Some other reasons are the Senate had no power anymore. In previous years the Senate was ROME because they controlled everything and made all the decisions. Now when Rome was at it’s worst no one cared what happened politically or in the community so the Senate couldn’t get through to people; therefore they lost most of their power. Another downfall was Rome had no income; they spent so much money on everything to uphold the empire that when they ran out of money; it was all gone; because now at that time social decay was in effect, no one wanted to fight for their country, and they couldn’t have an army because there were no volunteers and they couldn’t afford to pay anyone. One other factor was that there were no crops or food in the farming agriculture. The farmers who didn’t pay their taxes lost all their land to the state, and even though that happened the land was useless because most of Rome’s farm land was all dried up from farming it for so many years, the soil was basically useless. All these big factors were huge in the downfall of Rome and played effectively all together until Rome fell to the ground.
    (http://ancienthistory.about.com/cs/romefallarticles/a/fallofrome.htm)

  20. Cameron Holben said:

    I believe that the fall of Rome came because Diocletion Splitting the Roman Empire into two parts the eastern and western Roman Empire. One reason I believe that this mostly was the contributor to the falling of Rome is because they fought a lot over who got what or just didn’t have enough communication and did not want to communicate to each other much. One side was mostly the wealthy Romans while the other was mostly poor people which drove them into the ground. Another reason that I believe was the second most contributor to the fall of Rome is that the people did not care about the Country of Rome itself anymore. People mostly started to care about things like partying and going to the gladiator games and things like this. The people didn’t care about helping out the Roman army anymore because the taxes were too much and no one could pay for anything anymore. The final most reason is that Rome was undergoing horrible inflation or the amount of costs for things was raised.
    I used information from this source: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decline_of_the_Roman_Empire#Theories_of_a_fall.2C_decline.2C_transition_and_continuity)

  21. Alexis Roenigk said:

    Many factors led to the Fall of Rome. Economic problems such as farmers abandoning their land due to climate change and infertile land were in my opinion the beginning of the end for Rome. Without farmers there wasn’t enough food to feed everyone and inflation and high taxes didn’t help. The Romans’ lack of food also lead to a weaker military, because the military was left undersupplied. There were also very few volunteers to fight in the military and the Romans began to rely on mercenaries. There were also many political issues such as fighting amongst leaders. In my opinion, the biggest cause of the Fall of Rome was when Diocletian divided the empire. After many years of Rome’s declining power, in 410 AD the Visigoths finally captured the city of Rome which was considered the official fall of the Roman Empire. (http://www.historyforkids.org/learn/romans/history/fall.htm)

  22. Kelly Amadee said:

    The interior decline of Rome began with the death of Marcus Aurelius, the last “good emperor”. His death led to violence. In the next 50 years, Rome had 26 different emperors, only one dying of normal causes. With all the new emperors, Rome lost the support of the people. The economy also began to decline due to the high taxes needed to supply the army. Also, after years of farming in the same place, many farming lands became infertile. Farmers deserted their lands, which caused a huge inflation on the price of goods. Social decay, I believe, played the greatest role in the fall of Rome. The people just didn’t care anymore. They expected to be given handouts and anything they needed, without putting forth anything they had to offer in return. This is most commonly known as “bread and circuses”.
    As far as exterior factors go, it was mostly due to invasions. Since the Roman Empire was so vast and the army had no volunteers, Rome could not protect its large empire. With all of the barbarian invasions, most often the Huns, Rome was forced to retreat from Britain, Gaul, Spain, and Italy. “It didn’t take long for the Germans and Goths to realize that the new young emperors were weak and so this was a good time to attack.” (http://www.historyforkids.org/learn/romans/history/fall.htm)

  23. Mikayla Ebig said:

    There were many reasons that the Roman Empire fell. Some of the reasons that played a big part in the fall of Rome were the Economy, Military, Political, and Social Decay. The Economy played a major part in the fall of Rome, some of the things that helped cause the fall of Rome were the heavy taxes that were put on everything, it was a large government and a huge military establishment, and therefore it was a large amount of taxes. Inflation also really affected the economy. Also because of infertile land and climate change, which reduced agricultural productivity, farmers were leaving their land. Another reason for the fall of Rome was the Military. They were having difficulties paying their army, and the rich were not donating at all, they were also undersupplied. There was a huge lack of volunteers which caused them to rely on Mercenaries; some people would argue that volunteers were way better soldiers than mercenaries, because they were doing it because they wanted to not because they were being paid. Another problem was the size of Rome, it was so large and they did not have enough soldiers to cover the whole empire. The political situation also played a large role in the fall of Rome. The government basically lost all the support of the people. The government was also very dangerous, emperors were always being killed and replaced by new emperors, they had had 26 emperors in 50 years. Also, the senate and the people had no power; everything was up to the emperors. The social aspects were also a contributor to the decline of Rome. Most Romans traditional values and morals were gone; no one was volunteering for the army to help their country. People also expected lots of handouts; they called it “bread and circus”, people only wanted to be given things and to be entertained all the time. There was also a lack of caring and respect. There were many things that led to the fall of Rome, but these were some things that played a bigger part.
    http://ancienthistory.about.com/cs/romefallarticles/a/fallofrome_3.htm

  24. Kristi Howard said:

    Many factors such as poor economics, bad military, political issues, and social problems al led to the Fall of Rome. But I think the biggest factor leading to the Fall of Rome was political issues. With the oppressive government issuing heavy taxes, they lost the support of the people. Corrupt officials also helped in Rome’s demise. Many emperors, like Nero, were insane and emperors getting overthrown didn’t help much either. Lastly, dividing the empire while under attack weakened it beyond repair; the eastern empire became richer, and did little to help the western empire. http://ancienthistory.about.com/cs/romefallarticles/a/fallofrome.htm

  25. Ashley Baer said:

    I think what led to the downfall of Rome was that the Germanic Invasions were happening. The invasions led to the weakening of the Roman army and so it was hard for the Romans to explore new think led to the Fall of Rome was that Diocletian major factor in the reason that the Romans were doomed. Basically, there was no way of turning back and fixing that. But, I believe that those two things are the reason they went into a downfall. That’s my opinion, though.

  26. Jordyn said:

    Rome fell because of a variety of different things. Economic reasons such as heavy taxes was a great factor. Many people couldn’t afford to pay the taxes needed to support the government and army. Germanic invasions were also a great factor to the down fall of Rome. Nomadic people, especially the Huns, killed Romans with no mercy and left nothing behind. Mercenaries were hired to fight in the army, but they were not loyal to Rome. They only cared about getting paid and living to spend the pay. The Roman government was also ruled by crazy people such as Nero. This could of played a huge rule in the downfall.
    I believe that the most contributing factor was the social decay of people. There was no longer a middle class. The people only cared about being taken care of by the government, and being entertained. No one really cared anymore about keeping the moral standards like they did when Rome was at its greatest. They were too used to being taken care of by the government. Things in Rome changed socially, and Rome could no longer keep its power.
    http://www.ancient-rome.biz/downfall.html – Information found here. (:
    -Jordyn

  27. travis offredi said:

    Weakened roman army, a ton of taxes, divide empire and Germanic invasions. The fall of Rome was cause by many reasons like the attacks from the Huns and many more barbaric groups, everyone more worried about the gladiator fights, and the farmers being taxed heavily by the government to pay for the gladiator games. I think that all these reasons were the greatest role because not one single thing can crumble an empire as large as Rome. http://ancienthistory.about.com/cs/romefallarticles/a/fallofrome.htm

  28. Lauryn Tyler said:

    The Fall of Rome had many contributing factors – all of them combined deemed to be too much weight for it to bear. One of the biggest factors was Economics. The government charged the poor too much for taxes, to support the government and the military. Population began to decline as well – the reliance on slaves kept Rome from exploring new technology. Farmers abandoned their fields, not only because they weren’t needed, but their fields were infertile too. The middle class sank into poverty. The Military factor included invasions from outside nomadic forces, such the Goths and the Huns. No one was volunteering for the army in Rome, so it gathered legions – groups of foreign soldiers paid to fight. This wasn’t good enough though – the legions didn’t care who won, because all that mattered was the money. Political was a big factor too. Romes’ government was oppressive and lazy. They charged heavy taxes. Insane or corrupt officials were in charge. 26 emperors were assassinated in a period of 50 years. Eventually, the government fell into such disrepair it had to be divided, splitting it forever. As for the Social factor, it went against what Rome had taught in the very beginning. The 12 Tables have honorable laws that were once enforced to the highest standard. Yet the Roman citizens didn’t care about them anymore. All they cared about was “bread and circuses”. All of the factors combined are what caused the great empire of Rome to finally fall.

    http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/ancient/12tables.html

  29. Ashley Baer said:

    I think what led to the downfall of Rome was that the Germanic Invasions were happening. The invasions led to the weakening of the Roman army and so it was hard for the Romans to explore new technology. Another thing that I think led to the Fall of Rome was that Diocletian had divided the empire while under attack. I think that was a major factor in the reason that the Romans were doomed. Basically, there was no way of turning back and fixing that. But, I believe that those two things are the reason they went into a downfall. That’s my opinion, though.

  30. kaleigh said:

    Rome fell for many reasons. Their economy simply crumbled. The farmers couldn’t earn a living because the land was infertile. Rome’s government also was taxing the people very highly. Also, there were terrible diseases and sicknesses causing death in Rome. Rome’s military was also falling. The different legions all lacked discipline. No Romans wanted to volunteer to be in the army so they had to hire missionaries. The missionaries didn’t really care about winning; they just wanted to get paid. The Huns attacked Rome and conquered a lot of Rome, pillaging many towns. On the political side, Rome was even worse. The rulers were falling so often they a new ruler would have to be chosen almost every 2 years. There was so much taxation that people were going bankrupt. Everyone thought breaking Rome into 2 parts would make it easier, when really it just weakened Rome even more. The people in Rome had a large part in the fall of Rome as well. All people cared about as partying and being entertained. They expected the government to pay for everything, they wanted handouts. No one wanted to volunteer for the army either. For the most part, there was just moral decay. Rome, once the strongest empire in the world, was now crumbling and falling apart.
    http://ancienthistory.about.com/cs/romefallarticles/a/fallofrome.htm

  31. Lucas said:

    There are many factors that led to the fall of the Roman Empire. One factor that leads to the fall of Rome was the fact that Rome was too large to control. So, for that reason Rome was split leaving each side with half as many resources as they had before.( http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080923083119AA0w41n) Another reason that contributed to the fall of Rome is over farming the land making the soil unfertile, this lead to the lack of food to feed a huge army and empire. Also, Rome’s middle class was experiencing a moral decay. This made many of the middle class people feel less patriotism towards Rome and gave them more of an urge to gamble and stop working to go to the gladiator games. Finally, probably the most devastating factor that contributed to the fall of Rome was the constant fighting with barbarians. All of these factors combined led to the fall of Rome.

  32. Amber Flaherty said:

    The death of Marcus Aurelius, the last good emperor, began the decline in 180 A.D. This led to violence and revolution. They had 26 emperors in only 50 years. They had raised the taxes and the land became infertile. Rome lacked in morality and patriotism. The citizens expected hand outs from the government and worried more about entertainment than work. Asian Huns pushed Goths into Roman territory. The Romans retreat and surrenders : Britain, France, Spain, and Italy. In the economy people were taxed for the army and there was too much slave labor. The legion lacked discipline and had to pay for soldiers. They divided the Roman Empire was it was under attack, which weakened it beyond repair. The Eastern Empire became richer, but did little to help the west. According to http://ancienthistory.about.com/cs/romefallarticles/a/fallofrome.htm since Rome still exists it never really fell.

  33. Brook Schurra said:

    Rome fell because of many different problems in their economy , military , political , and social. They taxed their citizens too much , and people relied on slaves to do everything. Because of all the people , they had to keep replanting and their land became infertile. They had wide spread epidemics that got many people very sick.
    They conquered the western empire , but their military lacked discipline. Because of this, they had to bring in mercenaries who didn’t win often because all they cared about was getting paid. It wasn’t their country, so they didn’t care if they won or not.
    They had corrupt officials who divided the empire beyond repair. Julius Caesar became consul in 59 BC .
    All the roman’s cared about was handouts from the government , and entertainment, like gladiator fights, they thought that they didn’t need to worry about food and the government would just feed them. Rome was built on patriotism, discipline, and devotion. When all that went away , Rome fell .
    (http://www.ancient-rome.biz/downfall.html)

  34. Tia said:

    The fall of Rome was caused by interior and exterior factors including, economics, military, political and social. In my opinion, the fall of Rome was mostly caused by the division of the empire. However, the other factors influenced the fall of Rome as well. Roman economy suffered because of the heavy taxes that they were having to pay. They were responsible for supporting the vast government bureaucracy. Their population was declining. They relied too much on slaves. War and economic diseases hurt them as well. The military fell because of invaders. A group of invaders call the Huns came through and destroyed everything. Rome’s political status corroded because of crazy leaders and many assassinations. Then there were the people of Rome. They expected to get handouts from the government. All they cared about was entertainment, going to see gladiator games especially. Since no one wanted to do anything the army also suffered because no one would volunteer to serve. The end! Source: (http://www.historyforkids.org/learn/romans/history/fall.htm)

  35. Brittany Schuller said:

    They split in an eastern and western economy. Economy, military, political, and social were all factors in the fall of Rome. The economy was falling, and taxes were becoming heavier and heavier. They depended on slave labor a lot. Citizens were refusing to join the military, they had to get mercenaries. (http://ancienthistory.about.com/cs/romefallarticles/a/fallofrome_3.htm) They were only fighting for the money, so they didn’t care about just winning; they cared more about the money. Politics were just another major factor, they had an oppressive government and corrupt officials. The empire divided while under attack, and weakened it beyond repair. Social was also a big factor in the fall of Rome, they had a weakened Roman Army and they were used to handouts, like bread. they depended too much on their government to hand them anything they need.

  36. Laura Will said:

    Social decay is one of the problems that led to the fall of Rome. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decline_of_the_Roman_Empire) The social decay was caused by the lack of support of the government, no one volunteering for the army to protect Rome, and the people only wanted to be fed by the government and watch the gladiator fights. Another reason Rome fell was the division of the empire. The empire divided while under attack so it was very weak. When they divided the eastern empire became richer and did little to help the west who was poor.

  37. Connor Dlubak said:

    What factors, interior and exterior, led to the Fall of Rome? Write a conclusion paragraph listing and explaining the different factors and explain which factor(s) you think played the greatest role. You are to use one internet resource, which you must cite using the website in your answer.

    Rome had to major factors of while it fell. Rome fell mostly because of the problems on the interior of the empire. They had a much weakened army. Their army has been fighting each other for while. None of the citizen of Rome wanted to fight so they had to pay people to fight. This did not work well because all the solders just wanted to get paid. They would not put their life on the line for the empire. Rome also had a lot of crazy officials. While they getting attack Rome divided into two. All the Romans want to do was to go to see a show. Rome also had a lot of exterior problems. The groups that made Rome fall were burning down all the cities. They also killed everyone in the city. The Huns were the biggest affect on Rome. They went all over the West side of Rome. Rome had no chance mostly because their solders didn’t want to fight and their army was weakened.
    I think Rome’s main factor of why they fell is that they had too many interior factors. They fought each other too much to see that they were going to be attacked. They had no patriots which made them not the best of fights like they just to have.

  38. Seth Bowser said:

    Rome is hands down the greatest empire of a time. Many factors led to the fall. Some of these factors were from interior and exterior factors. Some interior factors were the economy and the government. Outside forces include attacks from nomadic tribes.
    To start, the interior failures were key. After Marcus Aurelius, Rome had a terrible record of 26 emperors in 50 years. Many government officials were always being assassinated and power hungry men were hurting Rome. Next, Rome’s economy was falling. The gladiator’s games had become very important and nobody cared about working. People expected to be fed bread to government and blood to be shed almost every day. Finally, the social classes had fallen. There was now only a rich and poor class. Without the middle class Rome’s society was messed up.
    The exterior forces were also attacking Rome. To start the military was not as powerful as it used to be. Mercenaries were being hired and the job was not being done. Rome was truly falling. Eventually the Huns and a small German force finally ended Rome in 476 AD. At the height Rome’s empire was two million square miles but that all was now over. This fact was found at http://www.enotes.com/topics/roman-empire.

  39. cameron salander said:

    Rome’s empire fell A.D 476 due to many of things. Some economic things that made Rome fall was that the people were taxed heavily to support the arm and the government. On the military aspect the roman army was weakened people would not join the army so they had to have people from a land that Rome conquered to get soldiers. Some political reasons Rome fell is they had crazy leaders. It was almost every other year the people would kill the emperors. One of the last reasons Rome fell is because all the people thought that the government will do everything for them. The people also payed more attention to sports then everything that was going on.
    http://www.anchienthistory.about.com

  40. Kaylee Walker said:

    Many factors played a part in the Fall of Rome. Economic situations were among the less problematic factors. In order to support the huge empire, taxes needed to be raised greatly, taking a tole on the people. They also relied too heavily on slaves and farmers ended up abandoning their infertile land. This caused the end of the middle class and decline of agriculture. War and disease broke out within Rome and Germanic invasions got worse. The Huns chased the Goths towards Rome and it could not defend itself. The Roman legion lacked discipline and training and was mostly made of mercenaries who did not have much will to fight for their lives. It became increasingly difficult to protect this large empire. Leadership did not help either. There were 26 emperors in 50 years! With these corrupt officials, government violence was inevitable and Diocletian split the empire into the East and the West. The eastern half became the Byzantine Empire, with its capital at Constantinople (modern Istanbul). The western half remained centered in Italy. I believe the most important factor in the Fall of Rome was the social decline. Traditional values eroded over time and Rome went from being extremely patriotic and having morality, to not caring about the government and what was going on. The people expected everything to be handed to them; Food, entertainment, protection. They weren’t even willing to work for any of it. This was called “bread and circuses”.
    http://ancienthistory.about.com/cs/romefallarticles/a/fallofrome.htm

  41. Amanda Hewitt said:

    The interior and exterior of Rome led to the fall of Rome. The economic part of Rome led to farmers leaving their land and the middle class became really poor. War and Disease killed the population. The military at the time was not the best either. Huns chased people in the town attacking them. They hired soldiers who were only in for the money. That’s all they cared about. In a political point of view there were high taxes and a corrupt officals. There were so many killed emperors over the years that the next emperor was not worried about the city, but worried whether he was wondering when he will be killed. The senate ended up having no power. Diocletian the emperor at the time decided to split the empire to have an East and West sides. Social decay lead to greed and lazy people, who wanted handouts from the government. All these issues lead to the fall of Rome.

  42. Jared Kapustik said:

    There were many reasons for the fall of the Roman Empire. From and economic standpoint, there were heavy taxes on the people to support such a large empire. Farmers had worked the land so much and it had become infertile, along with a bad climate, this forced the farmers to abandon their land. People were also relying too heavily on slaves.
    The poor governing system also contributed to the fall of Rome. Along with the high taxes, an oppressive government caused chaos within the empire. Many emperors were killed or murdered. The corrupt officials governed on how it would be best for them instead of for the empire. Eventually the emperor Diocletian splits the empire into the East and West Empire.
    Perhaps the biggest reason for the fall of Rome is all of the foreign invasions. The huns chased other Germanic tribes into the empire. When the Goths fought the Romans, the Romans suffered a stunning defeat. Eventually Rome is sacked and after that Odoacer ousts the Roman Emperor, bringing about the so called “Dark Ages.”

  43. Allison Syput said:

    Many different things led to the fall of the Roman Empire. One important factor was when Diocletian split the empire in half. Another example is when the Huns came and attacked the western empire. Also when the empire hired mercenaries, soldiers paid money to fight, unfortunately, most mercenaries that were hired were from Germanic tribes and didn’t want to fight. Then, the politics started to go downhill. In a matter of 50 years they had 26 different emperors which caused violence and political corruption. Another problem there sky rocketing taxes. Finally there was social decay. Most people were waiting for the government to hand them money, even though they were spending it on entertainment purposes. As you can see the fall of Rome was caused by many different problems.

  44. Taylor Bouch said:

    comment 2: Commenting on Dominique’s!! uhm heyy hun, ohh you answer is very good..!! i like how you got your point across in just little text but you explained it.!! ohh and i dont like the fact that you didnt put your internet source… heheeh me either so dont worry..!! :( uhmm i forgot! so i like these little computers they are fun to type on.. plus they are so cute and little.. okayy.. my hand hurts so ill see you across the room.. bye..<3 love ya..:)

  45. Erica Jack said:

    The beginning of Rome’s fall started when Marcus Aurelius, the last good emperor, died. Many other different factors lead to the fall of Rome. Some factors play the greatest role in Rome’s fall, such as when Rome was split into two; the eastern empire and the western empire. Eventually the western empire will fall, causing the eastern empire the only part of Rome left. However before the split happened many different factors contributed to the fall. For example the military was very weak. They used mercenaries to fight in their army. The collaspe of Rome was in 434 B.C. when the Huns attacked most of Europe.

  46. Jared Kapustik said:

    There were many reasons for the fall of the Roman Empire. From and economic standpoint, there were heavy taxes on the people to support such a large empire. Farmers had worked the land so much and it had become infertile, along with a bad climate, this forced the farmers to abandon their land. People were also relying too heavily on slaves.
    The poor governing system also contributed to the fall of Rome. Along with the high taxes, an oppressive government caused chaos within the empire. Many emperors were killed or murdered. The corrupt officials governed on how it would be best for them instead of for the empire. Eventually the emperor Diocletian splits the empire into the East and West Empire.
    Perhaps the biggest reason for the fall of Rome is all of the foreign invasions. The huns chased other Germanic tribes into the empire. When the Goths fought the Romans, the Romans suffered a stunning defeat. Eventually Rome is sacked and after that Odoacer ousts the Roman Emperor, bringing about the so called “Dark Ages.”
    These ideas were found at http://ancienthistory.about.com/cs/romefallarticles/a/fallofrome.htm

  47. Wyatt Steele said:

    This comment is for Cole Shinzel,
    Dear Diary,
    Today I read a paragraph about the fall of Rome. Following my readings my mind was in a state of mass confusion. If only this paragraph would have had an internet source I may have been more satisfied. All in all, a disapointment. I’d give it 4 out of 10.As always, Stay classsy Freeport
    Regards,
    Anonymous

  48. Hayley Davis said:

    There were 4 main factors that lead to the “fall” of Rome in 476 AD. The first, and largest factor were the military invasions, the second were the issues caused by the failing political system in Rome, the third was the social decay that occurred throughout the population of Rome, and the final factor was the economic struggle the Roman nation was experiencing.
    The once invincible Roman army had defeated all that the ancient world had to challenge it, even conquering the once great empire of Carthage. But after the Pax Romana era ended, the Roman armies were no longer proud to fight for their kingdom, and instead they Empire was forced to hire mercenary, who history has proven do not make the greatest soldiers.
    Rome also experienced a drought of sorts with good emperors. In 50 years after the death of Marcus Aurelius, the last good emperor, it was ruled by 26 emperors. All of whom cared more about their own survival than ruling the kingdom, because only one of these emperors died of natural causes.
    Then there was the social decay of Rome, which came slowly, but gradually as the citizens slowly began to care less and less about patriotism and morals. The early Roman Empire had high morals and based a lot of its culture off of Greece’s. But after the Pax Romana era ended the citizens were at a halt in cultural and technological development. They cared more about being entertained at the gladiator games and chariot races then they did about holding up Rome’s once great morals.
    And finally, Rome’s economic issues. To pay for the wars Rome was at; it had extremely high taxes, which most of the lower level citizens such as farmers could not afford. Causing them to have their land taken away and forcing them to seek employment from the government. Eventually all of these factors caused the emperor Diocletian to split the dying empire into two halves. And eventually this lead to the fall of the western empire, and the end of the kingdom known as Rome.

  49. Jenna Uric said:

    This is a comment to Jenna Uric;

  50. Allison Syput said:

    This is comment to myself… http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/romans/fallofrome_article_01.shtml



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