Justinian's flee

Topics: Roman Empire, Byzantine Empire, Justinian I Pages: 4 (1455 words) Published: April 2, 2014

The fall of the Roman Empire was caused not by one event but a combination of a few events. From the decline of Roman values to Christianity and tapped out resources the Roman Empire was in a downward spiral. One of the reasons the Roman Empire failed was the decline of Roman values. The Patricians became greedy for power and self-centered, forgetting their obligations to the Plebeians. Instead of doing good for the poor and having their loyalty, the elites of Rome had borrowed themselves in to oblivion and the gap between rich and poor grew heavily. Christianity is also believed to be a reason for the fall. Rome was a very violent and crude city. They were known for their brutal and belligerent ways of life. When Christianity came in to play in Rome, the pacifist values of the religion took over. This divided the military, the people, and the whole empire. Rome, in addition, had internal problems like leadership problems. There was no constitution in Rome in the 3rd century. There was intermittent civil war between rival political factions, endless power struggles, wasting of resources, and no leader to turn this anger outward. It got to the point to which the peoples even rioted against the emperor himself. “ That evening the crowd, now a mob, broke into the prison, released all the occupants, and set fire to the Chalke entrance on the north side of Justinians’s palace” (Rosen 93). Also, the line of succession was bloodline based. This meant that the next man in line for power could know nothing about politics, war, or leading an empire and he would still become the leader. This led to many failing rulers of the Roman Empire. There was a period of time in the 2nd century A.D that was led by 5 different emperors. During this time the Roman armies have failed on their conquests in Persia and Asia. Rome was a conquest state that depended on the resources of their conquered territory to support the big city. Their offensive campaigns helped to gain resources...
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