There are entire books written on the Fall of Rome and when it might be deemed to occur. The most accepted date proposed by historian Edward Gibbon however is 4th September 476 – the day that the last western Roman emperor, Romulus Augustulus was deposed. Of course the ‘Fall of Rome’ refers to the Fall of the Roman Empire as opposed to the Fall of the Roman Republic which is generally accepted to around the time of the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 BC.
Of course the Roman Empire lingered for generations after this event, with some historians actually citing the end of the Roman Empire to occur in the 15th Century. But, perhaps the most important lesson for us modern folk is to understand WHY the Roman Empire fell. If we do not learn by our mistakes, we are bound to repeat them. So the top 10 reasons are:
1. Decline in Morals
2. Political Corruption and the Praetorian Guard
3. Fast Expansion of the Empire
4. Constant Wars and Heavy Military Spending
5. Barbarian Knowledge of Roman Military Tactics
6. Failing Economy
7. Unemployment of the Working Classes (The Plebs)
9. Decline in Ethics and Values
10. Barbarian Invasion
What’s worrying is that the first 9 of these seem to be occurring in the current ‘western powers’ status quo at this very moment….!