Why Did Rome Fall Essay

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"If you look at great human civilizations, from the Roman Empire to the Soviet Union, you will see that most do not fail simply due to external threats but because of internal weakness, corruption, or a failure to manifest the values and ideals they espouse." The true words spoken by Cory Booker describe perfectly the main reason as to why the great Roman Empire fell. The Roman Empire fell due to the political corruptness and decline in moral values of the government officials. As the Roman Empire grew larger and began to occupy vast areas of land, the Roman leaders also became more and more powerful. Along with that power came great corruption. As stated in tribunesandtriumphs.org, "The Roman Emperor had legal power to rule Rome's religious,…show more content…
However, he left just enough room for the local governors to still extort certain amounts of money. This was another form of corrupted government, as Tiberius meant to look "right and just" in front of his citizens, but he still aided in the illegal ways of the governors, making him just as corrupt. Tiberius himself claimed that "he wanted his sheep shorn, not flayed." It wasn't just the Roman Emperors who became corrupt, though. "The Twelve Tables, and early legal code in the Roman Republic, impose the death penalty on judges who accepted bribes. Enforcement became lenient after the rise of the Roman Emperorship," stated factsanddetails.com. Judges, governors, and even within legions there was corruptness. A Roman soldier wrote to his father, "I hope to get transferred to a cohort; but here nothing gets done without money. Letters of recommendation are useless." Throughout this "era of corruption," lived Marcus Licinius Crassus, one of the most powerful politicians know to Rome. Crassus controlled the only fire department in Rome. Whenever a fire occurred,

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