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The Rise And Fall Of Western Rome

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During the fifth and sixth centuries, Eastern and Western Rome began to drift apart as Western Rome had been taken over by the Ostrogoths. When Justinian was emperor of Rome he waged wars against this Germanic tribe in an attempt to keep the Roman Empire together. However, these wars only led to the destruction of Italy's economy and the death of a large part of the population. Despite Justinian's efforts, after his death the Western Roman Empire fell under the control of another Germanic tribe, the Lombards. I find it interesting how although Western Rome fell, Eastern Rome, which became known as the Byzantine Empire, continued to thrive. The Byzantine Empire kept a lot of the ways of the old Roman Empire, such as keeping the Christian religion
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