This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

The Fall Of Rome And America

3615 words - 14 pages

In ancient times, there was a country of stupendous power and might. A nation which amassed a military like no other, grew an economy so strong that it seemed everlasting, and established a government that stood for its people. It appeared that this was the country to set an example for all countries that followed. It was the behemoth of prosperity. It was the great Roman Empire. It seemed as though this country’s reign would never end, but this was far from the truth. For with great prosperity came a dreadful plummet and eventually collapse. This was the unfortunate fate of all powerful nations, including that of, dare it be said, the United States of America. The all powerful and unbeatable nation which reigned its dominant influence over the entire world. Surely, it could never have fallen. However, that statement would be considered nonsensical if directed toward the once almighty and all powerful Roman Empire. Thus, it could not be stated for the “Great Experiment” (USA). Which was why the comparison between the two, very similar, superpowers was logical. Clearly, the Roman Empire which had striking parallels to the United States was a foreshadowing of America’s fate: Inevitable collapse. Both superpowers had vastly similar economics, foreign influence, and government, of which, Rome had experienced an unfortunate decline. Thus, comparisons could be made between how Rome and America rose to power, began to lose their power, and eventually, how Rome fell and how America might have fallen.
If there was one thing Rome and America had most in common, it would have been their fundamentals for foreign policy which was attained through the same sort of origins. For example, as Rome gained power, they had established a monarchy. However, by 509 BC, the King (King Tarquin) was overthrown by the people of Rome as a result of intolerance and protest/revolt because of unrighteous oppression from him. From then on the country had been known as a republic and had formed a democracy in an act to satisfy the requests of its people. During this time of democratic construction, the nation had developed a more reactive approach toward foreign territories and would issue few wars of deliberate conquest, but nonetheless, was very successful in attaining new territories and had expanded quite vastly, conquering almost everywhere around the mediterranean. This earned the republic the recognition of possessing the most powerful military force in the known world. Similarly, the US had followed in the same footsteps with the evolution of their foreign policy. They had originated being under control by the British, and just as the Romans had reacted with their king and his unrighteous oppression, the people of America (at that time, they were known as the colonists) had rebelled against the oppression of the British hierarchy and formed a country of their own. And it did not take long before they had begun spreading their control over the North...

Find Another Essay On The Fall of Rome and America

The fall of Rome Essay

754 words - 4 pages How powerful the Roman Empire was! Rome the ultimate country of its time slowly declined and vanished from our world. After starting with a small settlement off the Tiber River in Italy Rome expanded its borders and claimed territory around the entire Mediterranean and more. Rome also lasted for over a thousand years elapsing over late B.C.E and early C.E. In spite of all that, Rome was far from perfect. This powerful state was brought to its

The Fall Of Rome Essay

660 words - 3 pages The Fall of Rome The Roman Empire in the West ceased to exist in 476 A.D., although it was gone for practical purposes many decades earlier. The proximate cause of the collapse was invasion across the Rhine and Danube Rivers by Germanic settlers. Feudalism was a system by which lords granted their vassals land in exchange for military service and personal loyalty. Although, feudalism was essentially a political and military system. Many

Germanic tribes and the fall of rome

2623 words - 11 pages Rome, the once mighty empire, has one of the most well-known collapses in history. It is written about by historians then and now and is studied by many disciplines. Though there are many factors in this decline, including civil wars and the depletion of the army and taxes, it is certain that the Germanic tribes that surrounded the empire had a part in the fall of the western portion. It could be argued that their role was both critical and that

The Destruction of Rome: Why Did Rome Fall?

1459 words - 6 pages spread throughout the countryside, pirates and bandits made travel unsafe, cities began to fall apart as their supply from local farms dwindled, and public works continued to deteriorate. (Van) The rule of Rome was at an end. Although the eastern empire would continue to have influence for a number of years, Rome had been overwhelmed by invaders from the outside and had disintegrated from within. The extraordinary thing about Rome is more than

Fall of Rome: The "Invincible" Empire

1053 words - 4 pages The essay focuses on the role the countries around Rome played in the destruction of the Roman Empire, the majority being the ancient German Tribes.Perhaps one of the greatest moments in the history of all ancient civilizations is the fall of Rome. Still one of the most interesting topics, in my opinion, is how this superpower was outlasted and beaten by the very caveman-like civilization of ancient Germania. In this paper, I will be discussing

Fall Of Rome

1213 words - 5 pages , the Empire was able to extend its boundaries and accomplish overall stability. However, despite the fact that the Roman Empire was extremely powerful, it eventually started to fall apart. The Western Roman Empire was attacked by other foreign tribes and got weaker. By 476 A.D., the Roman Empire had officially fallen apart and Europe transitioned to the Dark Ages. The exact reason for the sudden and unexpected decline of Rome is obscure and

Fall of Rome

1078 words - 4 pages Bryan ValekB3The Fall of RomeRome was one of the greatest empires of the ancient world. The early Roman state was founded in 509 B.C. after the Romans drove out the hated Etruscan king. By this time Rome had already grown from a cluster of small villages to a small city. Little did the settlers know that this was the beginning of one of the greatest and largest empires ever known.The seemingly unstoppable Roman Empire was bound to fall after the

End of an Era: The Fall of Rome and the Han Dynasty

1023 words - 4 pages End of an Era: The Fall of Rome and the Han Dynasty The Classical Era was a time of greatness. Great empires rose to power, the likes of which the world had never seen before. In the west, Rome emerged as the dominant power. Originating in the Italian peninsula, the Roman Empire would eventually stretch from Britain to Mesopotamia and Egypt, a huge empire maintained through a vast network of roads. This empire was made of hundreds of different

Rise and Fall of Athens and Ancient Rome

742 words - 3 pages History has witnessed the rise and fall of many powerful cities, starting with Ur and Babylon and continuing into present day with cities such as New York City. Two of these cities, ancient Athens and ancient Rome, stand out from other cities of their time due to their culture, politics, and influence, both on the world around them and on future civilizations. These strengths qualify them as world cities, and despite their eventual losses of

Rome and America

643 words - 3 pages Roman Civilization and Contemporary America      The civilization of the Roman Republic and the Empire that followed it was the first of its kind. Earlier civilizations had been based on a more abstract worldview that led humans to be creative for the will of the gods or to preserve the institutions that fostered rational thought. Rome started as a simple, self-reliant nation made up of farmers who lived the best they

Rome, France, and America

2186 words - 9 pages are relatively close in size, their beliefs are also closely related. The United States and Rome both, detest monarchy as a form of government, were highly democratic and used the Republican government to exercise the people’s representation, believe men’s rights should be prioritized over women’s, prioritize those who can trace back their roots to their land, respected basic human rights, and somehow interwove religion with politics while still

Similar Essays

The Fall Of Rome Essay

634 words - 3 pages The Fall of Rome The actual date of the fall of the Roman Empire has been debated for several years. The gradual decay of what was once the greatest empire in history was inevitable and marked by many significant events throughout its course. There is a specific era in which the Roman Empire was most definitely gone for good: the fourth and fifth centuries. It was during this period of time that the empire split into two parts, was sacked by the

The Fall Of Rome Essay

885 words - 4 pages . The colonies were creating their own finished goods and no longer relied on Rome for them. New coins were then made out of lead and gold to devalue the currency. Merchants now charged more money because these new coins were not worth as much as the old ones. This created inflation, this problem plagued the empire until its fall.The problem of succession also contributed to the fall of Rome. There was never a set system of succession. After the

The Fall Of Rome Essay

721 words - 3 pages There are many reasons for the fall of Rome but they those reasons are intertwine with two main categories: economy and war. The Roman economy got so severe that they had to tax citizens and raise prices. Working Roman citizens could not quit their jobs out of fear of going into jail only to be released by death (doc 3.) Romans feared for their life and tried to raise a family on the little bit of money left over after being taxed. This shows

The Fall Of Rome Essay

1104 words - 5 pages For more than two thousand years, Rome was a large, powerful, and dominating empire. The ancient kingdom seemed unstoppable, but in just few centuries later, Roman power fell and was obliterated. No one knows exactly how the empire's demise came to be and is still debated today but there are some major factors recognized that caused Rome to fall. The land of barbarians were located beyond the western border of Rome along Rhine and Danube