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Could it have been too big of an empire to handle? Were the people in charge just not fit to govern it properly? It transpires that there are many different reasons that can be attributed for the fall of the Roman Empire.
One major contributory factor to the fall of Roman Empire is the decline of morals and values in the country. It has been documented that there was nearly 32,000 prostitutes in Rome, both men and women. During the reigns of rulers such as Pax Romana, Caligula and Nero the reigning royalty held infamous parties, wasting huge sums of money, where guests drank and ate to their fill and prostitutes were hired for orgies for the upper class élite. Among the lower class, the most popular amusement was watching the gladiatorial combats in the Colosseum. This encouraged gambling, fighting, and acts of murder. On the other hand, many people claimed that such practices were a part of the Roman culture, but they made the common men lazy.
Although there were many aqueducts and other attempts at sanitation, the public health and environmental problems were severe. The wealthy elite had their water brought to their homes through lead pipes. The aqueducts had a system o purify the water near the source but at the end, the lead pipes were problematic. This caused the death of many wealthy citizens and on the flip side the lack of potable water brought the doom on the peasantry. The mass gathering of people at the Colosseum and the waste they caused, as well as the blood and corpses had entailed the generation of disease that spread across the nation. Those who lived on the streets remained exposed to the diseases, which speeded up the process of spreading. To make things worse, the use of alcohol increased, thus eroding the public health system in Rome.
During the latter years of the empire, most of the farming was done on large estates called latifundia that were owned by rich men who used slaves. The farmers who had to
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Other cities followed example, having Athens as their ideal but were not as successful. Of course, they would not have predicted that their way of governing the city would lead to its eventual decline. In the beginning, the laws and rules of the democratic state helped keep the city in order.
It served as the major arena, the entertainment spectacle of the Romans so to speak, of enthusiasts for bloodbath in the numerous gladiatorial matches (Szegedy-Maszak, 121-122). Indeed, the Coliseum was, as compared to modern day wrestling, the venue for stars in the gladiatorial field.
The fall of the Roman Empire remains unknown to many. The causes are narrated to date, and several reasons have been given in relation to its destruction. History shows that the Roman Empire was one of the strongest and best Empires that one could admire, but as its leadership progressed, several things happened.
The Fall of the Roman Empire and the Transformation of Europe.
The Roman Empire was undoubtedly one of the most influential states that western Eurasia has ever known. It's legacy is experienced in the architecture principles we take for granted to the languages that more than half of the world communicates in.
When we look at Rome in the year 500 CE, it already had a much diminished appearance. It was now a city ruled by the Goths from Ravenna, suffering the ravages of the wars between Goths and Byzantines over its occupation well into the 6th century. There was a vacuum created by the collapse of the city's secular government, extensive vandalization by barbarians and the reduction of the senate to almost a municipal organization.
Civilization refers to the way of life of a people that has attained a high level of social organization. The basic unit of society is the family, several families grouped together make a tribe, and several tribes working for a common goal make a people or nation that share a common way of life or culture.
In The Columbia Encyclopedia).
At the time of Caesar’s death in 44 BC, the Roman empire consisted of several territories like Spain, Gaul, Italy, part of Illyria, Macedonia, Greece, West Asia Minor, Bithynia, Pontus, Cilicia,