What Caused the Fall of the Western Roman Empire?

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Kelly Macquire
by Ancient History Encyclopedia
published on 01 September 2020
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There were many factors that contributed to the fall of the Western Roman Empire, all of which will be discussed throughout the video. The Western Roman Empire took 300 years to decline before it eventually fell in c. 476 CE. The Eastern Roman Empire continued 1453 CE.

By the Third Century CE, the emperor Diocletian made the decision to spit the Roman Empire into the Western and Eastern Empire, as it was too large to govern as one entity. After the division of the Roman Empire, factors such as political corruption, over reliance on slave labour and invasions from barbarians caused the gradual decline of the Empire.

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