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The Tumultuous Fall of the Roman Empire

            The Roman empire was a giant of an empire with a massive army. It had 207 years of peace, and impressive monuments only comparable to it's glory. Ancient Rome grew from a small town on central Italy's Tiber River into an empire that at its peak encompassed most of continental Europe, Britain, much of Western Asia, Northern Africa and the Mediterranean Islands. After 450 years as a republic, Rome became an empire in the wake of Julius Caesar's rise and fall in the first century BCE. The long and triumphant reign of its first emperor, Augustus, Rome began a golden age of peace and prosperity. The primary reasons for the fall or decline of Rome were invasions, leadership and natural disasters/ diseases. Of these, the most important was Natural disasters/ diseases.
             One important reason that Rome fell was enemy invaders. Evidence this is a problem is there was too many enemies that Rome couldn't handle. The map in (Document C) shows enemies coming from Eastern Asia in all directions to invade Rome and places near Rome. (Document D and Document E) show that Rome was actually captured by the Huns a formidable enemy of Rome. This problem helps explain why Rome fell ,as the Romans had no chance to defeat all of the enemies especially with their now terrible army as shown in (Document B). These invasions were destroying Roman unity, and this was causing even more chaos in the Empire.
             A second important reason Rome fell was There was no one to lead the Roman people to victory.Evidence this is a problem is in (Document A). 13 emperors were assassinated or possibly assassinated, therefore there was no leader for the people of Rome for varying amounts of time. (Document B) shows that The military was not doing drills or wearing armor to protect them. The rules were too lenient toward the army .Roman soldiers couldn't eliminate their enemies before the invasion, because they were often killed by archers before they got to the enemies.

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