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Fall Of Rome Essay

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The Fall of Rome
The Roman Empire did not deserve to Fall. The achievements of the Roman Empire were unmatched at its time. Many things were accomplished after its ideal ways of life that did not become widespread until after its fall. The Roman Empire would have made the advancement of people in Europe much faster than any nation in the world. 
The Roman Empire was the most modern ancient empire. It made many advancements in arts and sciences. It had many great poets, philosophers, artists, and engineers. The Romans encouraged learning and supported any who endeavored to make discoveries or technological improvement. If the Roman Empire had not fallen, the world, from a ...view middle of the document...

It took the rest of the world more than other millennia to form another democracy. The Roman Government had three parts. These three parts used a system of checks and balances just as a modern democracy does today. The first government to adopt this system since Rome was England, when it adopted its two houses of parliament. 
After the fall of Rome, anarchy took place in the parts of Europe that it occupied. During this anarchy, civilization deteriorated to its most basic level. People had to fight for survival and trial wars ravaged the populous. Culture was absent and the standard of living was horrible. This period of chaos would not have occurred if the Roman Empire had continued to exist. Europe would not have fallen behind other nations such as the Arabs and Orientals in technological advancement. These cultures were far more advanced than European culture during the Middle Ages.

 Rome is famous for its legions. They were the supreme fighting force in those days. The military deteriorated toward the end of the empire. The soldiers in the army were loyal to their own personal general and not the emperor. They began to fight for their general and not their country. They were not motivated by patriotism, rather by money. This led to the hiring of mercenaries instead of patriotic troops fighting for their country. The corruption of the generals also affected the army. The generals fought for whoever would pay them the most. They felt no connection to the empire or obligation to defend it. They were seeking their own personal gain. This is a reason for the fall of Rome. Its military no longer defended it against foreign threats. 
      The Roman Empire's government was originally set up as a government for a city state. The empire became too large for it to be able to control itself. The system of government became ineffective for such a large empire. Te government could not keep track of itself. This led to corruption and the deterioration of the administration in the bureaucratic process. Poor leaders took the place of honest and righteous men. When the empire was invaded by the barbarians, the empire lacked the leadership in order to reassert itself and rebuild. This may have prevented Rome from being totally wiped out in the West (excluding Constantinople and Byzantium. 
The Fall of Rome is in part due to the fall of the economy. When Rome was successful and constantly conquering other nations, it had enough capital to finance its expenses. This was due to the extra money it received from the conquered nations. When the military declined, other nations stopped paying tribute and taxes. This led to the Roman government not having enough funds to support itself. Roads, bridges, and law enforcement declined. This led to a decrease of trade. This caused a chain reaction which led to the fall of the rest of the economy. Once the government was too much in debt, it no longer had a working economy. All of the small...

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