The Fall Of The Roman Empire

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There are various controversial issues and conflicting perspectives in several element of the fall of the Roman Empire. The three most intriguing debates include the Reason for the fall of the Roman Empire, argued by Edward Gibbon and Michael Rostovtzeff, the Date of the Roman Empire, argued by Arnold Hugh Martin Jones and Edward Gibbon and the reason why the East survived longer than the West, argued by A.H.M Jones and Robert Browning. Reasons for the fall of the Roman Empire:- There are various reasons for the fall of the Roman Empire; Edward Gibbon argues Christianity is the central reason for the Roman Empires destruction whilst Rostovtzeff argues Christianity theology helped the Roman Empire. The contrast in the perspectives of theses historians is evident in their works. Gibbon’s “The History of the decline and fall of the Roman Empire” illustrates Gibbons strong argument for the fall of the Roman Empire: “The introduction of Christianity had some influence on the decline and fall of the Roman Empire. The clergy successfully preached the doctrines of patience and pusillanimity; the active virtues of society were discouraged… a demand of charity and devotion; and the soldiers’ pay was lavished on the useless multitudes of both taxes, who only plead the merits of abstinence and chastity.” Gibbon exemplifies that Christianity theology and values weakened the Empire and the decrease of funding towards the Roman army further leads to the destruction of Rome’s

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