February 2, 2015
Roman Empire DBQ
The Roman Empire’s decline lasted for about 300 years before it finally fell. During this period of decline, everything about the empire was falling apart. The Government was very unstable and the military was weak. These are some of the biggest things that helped the Empire to fall. After the Fall, The western part of the empire vanished in 476 CE but the eastern side was still in tact. This side thrived for many years until its fall in 1453 CE. This part of the Empire was known as the Byzantine Empire. The Roman Empire’s government and military still survived in the eastern part. The weak military and unstable government of the Roman Empire played a huge role in its decline and fall.
During the decline of the Roman Empire, it’s military became very weak, which was one of the biggest reasons for the fall. The Roman Empire’s military was the strongest in the world at the time and they won all their battles. Eventually, the soldiers became complacent and lazy because they kept winning. They eventually complained so much about the heavy armor that they just didn't wear any at all (Document B). This made them much weaker in battle and they were not able to protect themselves. Without armor, many soldiers died in battle. This made other soldiers scared so they would run off
and not fight. With the soldiers unwillingness to fight, they were defeated but the Huns, who had a much greater and stronger army.
The Roman Empire’s government was very unstable which caused the decline and eventual fall. Over a span of 50 years, there were 19 emperors who were either assassinated, killed themselves, died of a plague or died as a slave (Document A). Having so many different rulers in such a short period of time made the government very unstable. There was no sense of order in the government so the Empire could not function ...
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