In my opinion, the biggest reason why Rome fell was because of the greedy officials that lied and took bribes. There would be no order to anything, and anyone who had enough money could just avoid their sentence. For instance, a rich murderer could just bribe the judge to avoid execution, (or whatever punishment), and then there's a serial killer running wild on the streets of Rome. You literally wouldn't be able to trust anybody.
I totally agree with you, Han. The greedy officials taking bribes were being selfish and they were not looking out for the Romans needs. As I said in my previous comment, if you don't have trustworthy leader in a time of chaos, you are pretty much just adding more chaos to what you already have. A good leader makes a good running Empire, and the Romans eventually could not depend on all of their leaders.
To me, there are some very big reasons that Rome fell. For one, Rome was just too large. The Roman army was not able to protect Rome because of its size and many groups took advantage of this by attacking at the barriers. Once they broke through the line of Roman soldiers, they had power to go wherever they wanted. Also, when a plague broke out in the world killing millions, Rome was forced to raise taxes in order to make money. Many poorer Romans could not afford this and they completely stopped paying any money at all and got thrown in jail. As a result, the Empire was not making enough money. While all of this chaos was going on, Emperors were being assassinated and many Romans were fighting amongst one another for power. If you don't have a strong leader while going through all of this, you won't have any guidance and won't know what to do. In my opinion, these are some of the biggest reasons Rome fell.
I totally agree with you Libby. In my last comment I said almost the same thing. But I didn't think about people getting thrown in jail because of taxes. But also other people were getting killed because of the plagues which just doubled the economy smaller and smaller and smaller. So again I totally agree with you.
I completely agree with you Libby. Yes I also think that Rome was to big to be completely protected be its soldiers. Other armies did break through the first row of roman soldiers and they did take over some land.
Tony I agree with you because they needed more soliders. Like they totally need more soliders and more layers of they wanted Rome to stay together. This I think was a reason why they fell mostly. To many other people were attacking them to at many different ways.
You are right Libby, but I think that if Rome had enough warriors to protect itself the size would not matter. A better war strategy would also be helpful, with these two things the fall of Rome would've been less because of the size.
I totally agree wit you Libby. Rome fell for many reasons. One of the main reasons was because Rome was to big. There was not enough soldiers to protect Rome from it's fellow enemies
I totally agree with you. Although I did not use the example of the plague killing millions, I did use the example of how other civilizations can attack Rome. I said if the army was stationed farther away from the attackers, the attackers have an advantage when it comes for time. This was referring directly to what would happen after the intruders broke through the barriers.
I think there are two biggest reasons Rome fell. They are that Rome was to large and that warfare, famine, and plagues reduced the population by 2 million. But if I did have to pick one I'd probably pick that Rome was to large which just led to not being able to defend their borders. So other groups of people took over.
I agree with you. The borders were thinly guarded, so if you could get through a couple of soldiers then you'd basically have free-range to go anywhere in Rome, and conquer any portion you please if you were strong enough.
Maybe the warfare, famine and plague helped Rome somewhat because of the increasing population... Having 2 million less people would probably make it easier to send messages. Though it might of been the vast land you had to travel through that was difficult...
I think that your explanation was awesome Krista. I liked also how you used statistics to support your answer.
There are many reasons Rome fell. But I don't feel like saying all of them so I will name only one. I think that the biggest reason Rome fell is because it was way to large. Rome had a professional army and it was extremely big, but it was not enough to protect the whole entire northern perimiter of Rome. Therefore lots, and lots of small army's attacked Rome. That was another reason why Rome fell.
I believe that the biggest reason Rome fell was, because of the failing army. To succeed in fighting for Rome's borders the army needed to be bigger and stronger, and if they had more soldiers to fight in other spots in Rome than just the perimeter Rome would've been stronger. I think it was OK that Rome was large, but the split of Rome caused a lot of change.
I do agree, but what if there was no time to train more soldiers because of the incoming attacks?
I think the biggest reason Rome fell was due to not having a big enough army for all the people that were attacking them. So many groups were going for them and they only had one line of soliders of them to the East and the people on the other side could not say oh I need soldiers to come over here we are getting attacked. That would take days. So people were attacking them from all sides. Plus even if they came from the East of the groups get past the first group basically they can go anywhere which is not smart. I would have soliders around all parts of Rome if I ran it or a half of it.
I agree/disagree because Rome did only have a thin line of soldiers and a lot of people were going for them. I disagree because they also had way to many people in Rome at the time. Although I think you are correct I also think that you are incorrect.
I believe that the biggest reason that Rome fell is because it was to big. They had to many people for the army to protect. This meant when they were attacked many people would die because everyone was so spread out in different spots and the army could not protect the insides and the outsides with so many people to protect it just proved that Rome was simply to big.
Kiley, I agree because Rome did not have a big enough army to completely cover the outside of Rome. If Rome had a bigger army then Rome would have survived longer.
I agree with Kiley that Rome was to big and that army was not big enough to protect everything.
I agree Kiley because Rome was to big and all of the soliders could not defend all of their people of Rome. With all of these people and Rome was so big they were all spread out so when these other groups break through these groups could kill these people of Rome. Also if Rome had enough soldiers they could have survived a little longer.
I 100% agree with you. If the army were bigger, or Rome was smaller, I think It would have lasted longer but it was just to much so I think that is the main reason Rome fell.
I think the biggest reason Rome fell is because the Consul raised the taxes. The Plebeians could not afford to pay these taxes so they did not pay them. Since these taxes were left unpaid, the Consul had no money to pay the soldiers. The soldiers were the ones who protected Rome, and without them getting paid, Rome was left defenseless. Also, the soldiers are the ones that built the roads, leaving them unable to transport their goods.
I agree with Mohammad, if they wouldn't have raised the taxes then Rome would not have fell apart. The Consul had no money to pay people who fought and did everything for them like they should have, which caused the soldiers and slaves to walk away.I feel like if the Patricians didn't treat the Plebians so bad then they wouldn't fall apart.
I think the biggest reason Rome fell was because the Empire was to big and because it was to big there was not enough soldiers to defend the Empire so it fell. Also another reason was that the plague and other viruses.
I agree with you on the first part that Rome was too big to defend, but I don't thing the plague and diseases played as big of a roll in this. Can you explain what you mean farther? I think I may see what your getting at.
I think the biggest reason why Rome fell because Rome was just to big.Since Rome was to big Rome could not defend its territory so when one group came in once they broke through the one line of defense there was no second line.So the group had this free place for there selfs because Rome was to big so they could not defend all their territory.Also when one group breaks in then all the other groups now think Rome is not invincible so now they think they can break in so all of these other groups come charging in and Rome can't defend their territory when all of these groups come charging in.
I agree with Daniel because Rome was big. Also it was extremely hard to protect a large territory.
I think that there was many reasons that Rome fell. Some reasons are because of greediness and money. But one of the main reasons was that Rome was too large to be fully controlled. Also, Rome did not have the most reliable and strongest army. Their enemies could easily break through the line of soldiers that were trying to protect Rome from their combatant. A.k.a (a person engaged in fighting during a war)
In my opinion, I think Rome fell because it was too large. Since there was only one emperor, he wouldn't be able to control the entire empire. Think about it; Rome covered the distance around the Mediterranean, a lot of Europe, and various parts of Asia and Africa. If the army was stationed in the capital, Constantinople, and someone happened to be invading the present-day country of Spain, which was part of the empire, it would take the army days, even weeks or possibly months to get there, because they could only travel by foot or horse. By the time they'd get to their desired destination, the damage, quite possibly, could be done. Other tribes/ civilizations could take over, and what was once part of an enormous empire, would no longer be a piece of the jigsaw puzzle that is Rome. I'm not saying that it could've happened to those countries in specific, I'm saying that it could've happened anywhere. Rome is SURROUNDED by other civilizations. I'm actually surprised at how much of a slow rate Rome fell, but it still fell nonetheless.
I agree with Ellen. Rome was way to big to get any help. It was to hard to get help.
I think Rome fell because it was to hard to control. It was to large to get any help. The only thing that could have saved Rome is if it shrunk 3 sizes.
I agree with you on how it fell due to size. I think they could have kept it split up so it would be easier to control.
I think that the biggest reason Rome fell was because of the size. It was just too large for the Roman army to guard. the army was only a thin line around the boarders so it was extremely hard to guard. All you needed to do to get in was just to get by the line and then you were in without anything blocking the way. This is why many people started to invade Rome which then caused it to fall. I also think it fell because of the money. Rome started losing money so they had to raise taxes to pay the soldiers. It was to much so people weren't paying money at all. After this, Rome had almost no money so then it fell faster.
I think the biggest reason was the size of Rome. It got way to big and too hard to send messages of battle or other news and not enough army to cover all of it.
First of all, Rome did not have the cellphones or technology that they have today so it was very hard to deliver messages from one end of Rome to the other. So if one part of Rome was getting attacked the other parts took days to get there a berfore they did the part of Rome already had fallen.
I conure that Rome was far too large for it's own good. But I belive the MAIN reason Rome fell was that it hadn't had a great leader in ages. Thus Rome collapsed.
I agree with Libby and Tony about how Rome fell cause it was way to big.
I apologize for not fully elaborating on my last comment. So, I shall do so now. As I previously stated, I belive that the main reason that Rome fell was that it lacked a great leader. Though Augustus Ceaser was a great first emperor, that was not enough for the avalanch of terrible emperors. Some so bad it will make you question whether or not they were real.
I think that the greatest reason that Rome fell was because it lacked a great leader to rule the comically large empire.
I agree with Dylan, they needed a better empire, which they didn't have.
I think the biggest reason Rome fell is because of how big it grew. As the population and size of Rome grew it became harder to defend and spread news of attack. By the time the other side of Rome knew, it was too late and Rome was already defeated.
I agree with Sara that Rome was too large. As Rome was thriving and constantly gaining more land, everyone around Rome was being conquered. Soon, the Roman empire had taken control of everything around the Mediterranean Sea. But, everything great must come to an end. What Rome wasn't expecting was that the Goths were going to invade their territory. This lead to the downfall of the Eastern half of Rome.
I meant the western half.
I believe that the reason that Rome fell was because of its size. This lead to Rome falling. The Goths invaded and destroyed the western half of Rome. There were minor reasons as well like the plagues and a very much needed, stronger army. Though there were many reasons that lead to the downfall of Rome, I believe that its size was the most important.
I agree with George. Rome is too big and little army surrounding Rome.
I would say the biggest reason the Roman Empire fell was because of the greedy patricians. They spent their money on parties and festavals instead of using it to improve their walls, higher pay the mercenaries and make a better army.
I think the biggest reason Rome fell was because it was enormous. It was very difficult to send any messages. For example, if one side of Rome was being attacked then if they ask for backups it would take forever to send the message and get the troops all the way their.
I believe that the biggest overall factor in Rome's fall is that it was too large. A single person ruling the entirety of Rome, with slow communication, and a army not large enough, would definitely be a problem. Little communication would eventually lead to Rome being invaded and overtook due to little to no preparation, because the message was not sent quick enough. If these messages were sent fast enough, the little military, would most likely be defeated.
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