It is argued by historians that Rome fell in the year 476 A.D., when the western half of the empire fell to Germanic hoards. Others argue that Rome
did not fall until 1453 A.D. when Constantinople fell.
But what ultimately caused the fall of this great empire after such a glorious reign? There are several factors that play into the fall of Rome,
ranging from monetary problems to moral degeneration.
This is the history of the latter part of Roman history, which offers up clues to the ultimate destruction of a once great empire.
Rome was an extremely prosperous empire, with wealth that was unimaginable. However not everyone shared in the wealth of this great empire.
Towards the late life of Rome unemployment was at an all time high, and cheap slave labor was the norm. The working class starved, while the rich
prospered and hoarded their money. This lead to a lack of circulation of currency, which proliferated inflation and further economic woes.
Poor management from the Emperor, Senate, and Roman governors caused Rome to be constantly threatened with bankruptcy – leading to fear mongering
amongst those with money, causing them to hoard even more of their resources.
Fast expansion of the Roman borders caused extensive combat with the barbarian peoples that surrounded the Romanian lands. Once assimilated into the
empire, these people were unfairly taxed – causing further skirmishes and revolts. Excessive amounts of money was spent on wars and
The leaders of Rome gradually began to care less and less about the people – focusing mainly on their own greed and growth in power.
Often times the governors of Roman territories abused their power, taking more than their fair share and causing hatred amongst the people. This also
included sabotage of other territories in effort to gain more authority, power, and wealth.
The Senate, who served as advisors to the emperor, often times disagreed with the emperor on decisions – leading to a gigantic rift between the
power-head, and those who speak for the people. A lack of sufficient communication resulted in the gradual breakdown of government order.
Oftentimes, the leaders of Rome were too busy squabbling amongst their selves than focusing on the true issues of the empire.
Sexual deviancies such as bestiality and pedophilia were the norm for Rome. A breakdown of the family life resulted from such activities. Even
festivals were held yearly that promoted orgies, public sexual acts, etc.
Games became increasingly more violent and bloody – resulting in innumerable deaths and casualties, all in the name of entertainment.
Alcohol abuse became more wide spread, causing further breakdown in moral behavior and social structure – much like today’s drug abuse, along with
People began to no longer see a clear black and white image of the lives they were living, but skimmed around the gray areas in life. Their apathy
grew at the things they viewed in the world around them. They became passive, and less prone to defend the weak or meek. They served their selves
first, and put their fellow man second in all things.
It has been argued that Rome actually never fell, but simply adapted to the world – taking on the beliefs and structure of the countries they had
conquered. It became a very reflection of the places they hated. By the time people had realized what was going on, it was too late; the damage had
already been done.
Does this history lesson seem at all familiar to the current system of the United States?
We are in economic woes, due to the filthy rich hoarding their money, a lack of circulation of currency, unemployment, and inflation. People are
becoming more poor, as the rich rise to new heights.
Morality has degraded, along with the family life – sexual perverseness is seen on every channel of T.V., and divorce rates have never been higher.
Our leaders squawk like hens in a coop. Bickering with one another of their own selfish desires, but under the guise of serving their people – who
are at home suffering.
What happens next?
The only true way to predict the future…. Is to behold the past.
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