The Rise Of The Romans

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The Romans were a well-established civilization of immense power in the Hellenistic era, conquering nearly the whole Italian Peninsula and most of Europe. Unfortunately, a time of continuous difficulty led Rome to its decline in 476 CE. The fall of Rome can be characterized as a series of troubling events that provoked an influx of citizens to Catholicism in the hope of receiving eternal salvation. Most importantly, it allowed the Catholic Church to rise in power from 590 to 1517 CE and become the most dominating and influential community in Europe. For one, Rome was unable to govern its excessively large empire, which set the beginning of a steady economic decline. Moreover, the public executions of Christians piqued the curiosity of the population, causing rumors of salvation to spread like wildfire. Finally, Constantine’s reign as emperor changed the tide of Rome from being initially an anti-Christian empire to being a fully in support of the religion. Accordingly, the fall of Rome influenced people to convert to Catholicism, which allowed it to thrive in power in Europe. Rome’s inability to govern its excessively large empire proved to be quite more catastrophic than it really is. In 146 BCE, Rome conquered its arch-nemesis, the Carthaginians, and took control of all their lands and possessions, which allowed the Romans to expand through most of Europe. The apparent conclusion derived from this success would be that Rome was now unquestionably the strongest Empire in the

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