The Fall of Rome and the Barbarian Expansion


The Roman Empire has always wrangled with the Germanic tribes known as the Barbarians. The Barbarians were referred to as uncivilized or villainous people, and their evil deeds. They originated in Ancient Greece, and the label Barbarian initially came from those who were from out of town or didn’t speak the language. The Barbarians would destroy Roman cities and towns in the outer region of the Empire. In Europe there were the five major tribes of the Barbarians. For Instance, The Huns, Franks, Vandals, Saxons, and Visigoths (Goths). The Goths would constantly trespass beyond the Empire's borders. In 410, the Visigoth King, King Alaric mounted a successful invasion of the Roman Empire. King Alaric had done something that hadn’t been done before in over eight centuries. He and his army entered the gates of imperial Rome and sacked the city. Though the city and, for a time, the Roman Empire would survive, the plundering left an indelible mark that could not be erased. The Roman Empire spent the next decades living under a constant threat before “The Eternal City” was raided again. It was raided again in the year 455. In 476, The Germanic leader Odoacer staged a rebellion, and got rid of the Emperor Romulus Augustulus, and The Western Empire suffered its downfall. In summation, I believe that the Barbarians caused the fall of the Roman Empire.

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