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Two years later, the Visigoths defeated the Romans at the battle of Adrianople,further weakening the Empire.

The Fall of the Roman Empire by Peter Heather (Macmillan, 2005)

1 The Fall of the Late Roman West: Contexts of Change, AD 200-500

Who could believe that Rome, built upon the conquest of the whole world, would fall to the ground?
Wave after wave of Germanic barbarian tribes swept through the Roman Empire. Groups such as the Visigoths, Vandals, Angles, Saxons, Franks, Ostrogoths, and Lombards took turns ravaging the Empire, eventually carving out areas in which to settle down. The Angles and Saxons populated the British Isles, and the Franks ended up in France.

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Dark age Europe was born out of the violent destruction of the Roman empire
Dark age Europe was born out of the violent destruction of the Roman empire, as the battlefield replaced the bureau at the heart of elite life, but its ramifications were felt at every social level.


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The Fall of Rome:and the End of Civilisation by Bryan Ward-Perkins (Oxford University Press, 2005)

Supporting this, the writers of Encyclopaedia Romana write,

"IN AD 455, the death of Valentinian III served as a pretext for the Vandals to enter an undefended Rome, which they plundered for two weeks, carrying away the treasures of the Temple of Peace and the gilded bronze tiles from the temple of Jupiter.

Just the one line, "Now there are only ruins", demonstrates that after the plunder, Rome was reduced to almost nothing...
"Now there are only ruins"
And did not recover...
Instead, Rome was captured 21 years later in 176 AD by Odoacer.

The Fall of the Roman Empire by Michael Grant (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1990)
96 to 180 A.D.
Reign of the 'Five Good Emperors' (Nerva, Trajan, Hadrian, Antoninus Pius, Marcus Aurelius), also known as the . During their rule, Rome reaches its height of power.

The fall of Ancient Rome started from about AD 190

Constantine enacted another change that helped accelerate the fall of the Roman Empire. In 330 C.E., he split the empire into two parts: the western half centered in Rome and the eastern half centered in Constantinople, a city he named after himself.

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In 324, Constantine's army defeated the forces of Licinius, the emperor of the east. Constantine became emperor of the entire empire and founded a new capital city in the eastern half at Byzantium. The city was his New Rome and was later named Constantinople (the "city of Constantine").

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By approving Christianity, the Roman state directly undermined its religious traditions. Finally, by this time, Romans considered their emperor a god. But the Christian belief in one god — who was not the emperor — weakened the authority and credibility of the emperor.

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As the expansion of Roman Empire ceased and Roman military stopped wining conflicts against now stronger than ever foes, this supply of slaves dried up. This adversely affected the economy of Rome which was hugely dependent on slave force. This served as a crippling blow to the economy of Rome which was rocked by sharp decrease in agricultural and industrial production.

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Thundering out of Asia's Central Steppes, their arrival pushed theresident tribes such as the Vandals and Visigoths westward into a collision withthe Roman Empire .