The fall of Ancient Rome
The Fall of the Roman Empire 1964 720p BluRay2017
The Fall of the Western Roman Empire also called Fall of the Roman Empire or Fall of Rome was the process of decline in the Western Roman Empire in which the Empire failed to enforce its rule, and its vast territory was divided into several successor polities. The Roman Empire lost the strengths that had allowed it to exercise effective control over its Western provinces; modern historians mention factors including the effectiveness and numbers of the army, the health and numbers of the Roman population, the strength of the economy, the competence of the Emperors, the internal struggles for power, the religious changes of the period, and the efficiency of the civil administration. Increasing pressure from invading barbarians outside Roman culture also contributed greatly to the collapse. The reasons for the collapse are major subjects of the historiography of the ancient world and they inform much modern discourse on state failure. Relevant dates include CE, when the Empire was at its greatest territorial extent, and the accession of Diocletian in Irreversible major territorial loss, however, began in with a large-scale irruption of Goths and others. In , after winning two destructive civil wars, Theodosius I died, leaving a collapsing field army and the Empire, still plagued by Goths, divided between the warring ministers of his two incapable sons.
As part of our 'History Extra explains' series, leading historians answer the burning questions you were too afraid to ask A whole variety of reasons can be suggested to explain the fall of the Roman Empire in the west: disease, invasion, civil war, social unrest, inflation, economic collapse. In fact all were contributory factors, although key to the collapse of Roman authority was the prolonged period of imperial in-fighting during the 3rd and 4th century. Conflict between multiple emperors severely weakened the military, eroded the economy and put a huge strain upon local populations. Reduced income from the provinces meant that Rome could no longer pay or feed its military and civil administration, making the imperial system of government redundant.
The fall of Ancient Rome started from about AD The Roman Empire was attacked by tribes such as the Goths and the Vandals. - The Romans weathered a Germanic uprising in the late fourth century, but in the Visigoth King Alaric successfully sacked the city of Rome. Finally, in , the Germanic leader Odoacer staged a revolt and deposed the Emperor Romulus Augustulus.