The roman empire was a massive empire that

The Roman Empire was one of the biggest and best empires to ever exist. The roman empire was a massive empire that spanned from most of modern day Europe to the top of the Middle East and the top of Africa. Back then, the Roman Empire was said to have no competition for centuries and even if the had competition, no one would want to go to war against them. If the Roman Empire was so strong, then how did Rome fall? The decline of rome was primarily due to social and political causes, and these attributes caused the military, and economic causes which lead to its fall in 476 AD.Although the military wasn’t the main cause, it was still a factor towards the fall of Rome. Evan Andrews states that, “Rome struggled to marshal enough troops and resources to defend its frontiers from local rebellions and outside attacks, and by the second century the Emperor Hadrian was forced to build his famous wall in Britain just to keep the enemy at bay.” This shows that Rome struggled with troop numbers and wasn’t able to defend its frontiers because it didn’t have a big enough military. It also shows that an emperor had to build a wall just to keep them from getting run over. This can also be seen as people not wanting to commit to the empire by not sending their sons to the military to fight, which is why the roman empire didn’t have that many troops. This cause came from the society not commiting to the empire and losing loyalty to the empire. This drought in soldiers affected the economy as the generals had to hire mercenaries just to have people fight for them. In conclusion, The Military was a factor in the fall of rome, but was a factor due to the citizens not commiting to the empire.Most reasons to why an empire falls is due to the fall of its economy. The economy was a big cause in why rome fell but was caused by the governments political decision to ‘improve the economy’, when it ends up destroying it. Amnianus Marcellinus says that,”The burden of tributes (payments) and the repeated increase in taxes compelled some of the most distinguished families, hounded by the fear of the worst, to leave the country.” This shows that the government’s decision to increased the taxes lead to its downfall in economy and of the eastern empire of rome. It also shows that families had to leave the empire or they would be punished for not paying taxes. This affected the way society looked at its leaders and economy, they lost faith and the government found that they lost the people’s trust. This concludes that the economy was affected by the political decision of the government to ‘save’ the economy but ended up failing and lost most of the people’s trust within the empire.The economy and military usually have the biggest impact on why an empire rises and falls, but the downfall of the economy and military in rome is due to the political causes. Evan Andrews states that, “Being the Roman emperor had always been a particularly dangerous job, but during the tumultuous second and third centuries it nearly became a death sentence. Civil war thrust the empire into chaos, and more than 20 men took the throne in the span of only 75 years.” Another example is, “Emperors routinely abandoned foreign wars to deal with a usurper.” This shows that the poor governing of the empire caused havok and caused a civil war to break out. This also shows that the roman empire had 20 emperors in a span of 75 years.That’s an emperor every 3 years and 9 months! To have that many emperors within that span of time meant that the men in charge were poor leaders and brought down the economy. This impacted the life a roman citizen too. It impacted their trust in the empire and emperors and forced the people to refuse to give their sons to the military causing a downfall in loot. The other text states that the emperor didn’t care about the empire, he only cared about his position within the empire. To conclude, the economy and military causes were due to the political decisions made by the emperor.The people within the empire started losing faith and trust in the empire which lead to the primary cause on why Rome fell. Adrian Goldsworthy says that, “Loyalty to the emperor was far more important than efficiency. One of the best ways to prove allegiance was to condemn someone else for disloyalty. A man could not trust his colleagues, superiors or subordinates. The priorities of those in authority became those of survival, profit and power.”This shows that the people couldn’t trust anybody other than themselves. This also shows that it was no longer about loyalty and that the priorities of the people were only for power, profit, and survival. This lead to most citizens not going and watching public affairs because they didn’t care about that anymore. Another example to why the people lost faith in the empire it that, “The burden of tributes (payments) and the repeated increase in taxes compelled some of the most distinguished families, hounded by the fear of the worst, to leave the country.” This completely shows why the roman citizens lost faith in their empire. They lost faith and trust in the empire because the government and emperor were raise taxes, and caused many citizens to leave the country because they couldn’t pay off their bills and debts. Therefore, The empire fell due to the sheer mass of people losing loyalty towards the empire because the people could not trust the government anymore.In conclusion, The roman empire decline primarily due to social and political causes, and these attributes caused the military, and economic causes which lead to its fall. This is proven to be true as the people lost faith in the empire because they couldn’t pay their debts. The military didn’t have enough troops and used its money hiring mercenaries because the society weren’t as loyal anymore. The economy fell because the empire made a political decision to raise the prices and taxes up which corrupted the empire of its money. Therefore the Empire fell because the political and social causes affected the military and economics which lead to its downfall in 476 AD.