Introduction: How did an empire that was once so powerful and respected become one of the weakest nations in history?
In the year 324 BC, in Rome Italy, Gaius Julius Caesar was declared dictator of Rome by the Roman Senate. In a short time he managed to bring himself to true power and was recognized as a king. He took his chance and fought against the senate which resulted in his death. His power brought him to the position of being a dictator and king of Rome. His power resulted in his death because he went against the senate who ultimately killed him. Other dictators such as Julius Caesar had different outcomes. Some were lucky, while others were not.
The Roman republic was succeeded by an empire which in its heyday was the largest domain of land ever controlled. Throughout the centuries, many nations had attempted to overthrow it, but it managed to survive through all of them. There were several factors that brought about the decline: internal factors, political and social disorder; external factors, foreign invasions and religious upheaval; economic decline, urban decline; intellectual decline. All of these became interrelated and started a slow downward spiral which led to a collapse of the Western Roman Empire.
How Did Rome Fail?
Rome was a powerful empire that created different governments, but they were weak and broken. The government struggled to keep control of the colonies, since only one or two legions were present at each colony. The soldiers were brutal to the peoples of the colonies and used violence to make them work. The citizens of Rome could barely keep them in line, so how could they control such a vast land?
Rome controlled the colonies through indirect rule. The citizens of Rome often appointed a local chieftain in the colony, usually someone they trusted. The Romans made these leaders kings, so they did not have to worry about them rebelling against them. These leaders were loyal to Rome and served as a form of government in the colonies.
Although these kings kept their word, they would still abuse their power for their own gain by conscripting more workers than were necessary for public work projects and taxes. The kings would used the excess workers to work on their own private projects. The kings became more and more powerful, since they controlled the vast number of people they were able to work on projects.
Causes Behind The Decline of the Roman Empire
Let us take a look at the causes behind the decline of the Roman Empire. The first event that lead to the downfall of Rome was its constant wars. Wars lasted for many years and affected different areas of Rome. This act of war created the need for more soldiers to defend their area. There were slaves who were forced to fight, and when a man died in battle, his slave took his place, and the soldier could become a slave himself. In time this caused Rome’s population to shrink. With less people in the whole of Rome, it made it easy for surrounding enemies to take over them.
What is Happening in Our World Today?
Today we see the same things happening to Rome, as they were then. We are experiencing the same problems that plagued Rome. They were faced with many empires such as the Persian one and the Macedonian one. They had to fight wars on a regular basis because of these foreign kingdoms. They thought they were strong and powerful, but they fell. We then see that it is not different with our world today. Our world has much more things to worry about. If a nation is strong, it can be influence by other nations. But if it is weak and powerless, then it will becapitulated by other nations. We’ve seen this happen before in our world:
Rome fell because they were weak and powerless. The same thing happens today with our country, the United States of America. They are being influence and conquered by other nations such as China, Russia, Japan and many others. The United States has asked for help in the war. But, we are not able to conquer them on our own. They are much stronger than us and we cannot handle such a big problem. We are just too weak because of our greedy capitalists and corrupt politicians.
Therefore, the United States is going down to the final stages before destruction, as it did with Rome. Our world is going into a new age of misery and darkness which will bring destruction to it once again, as it did with Rome.