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A deserted street lay before me Empty of any trace of humanity except for the darkened buildings on either side and the debris that littered the street I stumbled through the maze of abandoned carts toppled market stands and the rubble that used to be parts of the city As I rounded the corner I was stopped dead in my tracks by the horror before me The Roman Plaza had been turned into a temporary hospital As I walked through the rows of broken human bodies were either quiet near death or riving in agony the fate of the dead was to be stacked like cord wood off to the side I was suddenly flooded with images of last night Men some on hoarse back but mostly on foot charged through Rome They trampled everything in sight carts stands and people Before that night I would never believe that people could die so horribly My own family was slaughtered before my eyes I was saved by part of the house next door collapsing on top of me I do not believe that I will ever forget that nightThe decline and fall of the Roman Empire was caused by both internal and external factorsRomes Fall was not caused by the division of power between the Eastern and Western Empires but rather the transfer from one emperor to another The end result of these battles for power was the creation of an Eastern Empire that challenged the might of the classic Roman Empire During the creation of the two empires the government began an increase in oppressive and arbitrary acts Also the idealism of luxury over merit began to corrupt the descendants of TheodosiusGibbon2The Roman government was also spending it self into submission loosing millions to public celebrations importing exotic goods and satisfying the emperors personal whims Public Roman funds were spent in India and countries in the Far East to pay for the exportation of luxury
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