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The Roman Empire geographically established the original concept of a European boundary With all of its great achievements likeecivil law politics and literature the collective willpower of the Roman Empire would eventually degrade over time and give way to new ideas anddinfluences The empire of Rome did not fall- it fizzled The Western Roman Empire gave way to the Middle Ages around 476 when the BarbarianOdoacer overthrew the emperor Romulus Augustulus Other historians give the year 410 when Alaric king of the Visigoths sacked Rome Stillothers say about 500 or even later In any event this early medieval period is often referred to as the Dark Ages because of the apparent collapse offGreco Roman culture During this time their was no effective government and no sense of state just small autonomous tribes and peasanttcommunities Local life was isolated fragmented dreary illiterate and superstitious For various reasons Germanic people to the North had long desired to expand into Roman territories perhaps because of pressures from overpopulation wars or food shortages These Barbarians were semi-nomadic tribes led by warrior chiefs They advanced forcefully against the Empire in the fourth century as the strength and determination of the Roman Empire was being degraded by political decay civil war economic problems and social decadence Various Barbarians such as the Ostrogoth Vandals Lombards Franks Angles Saxons and other tribes overcame a disintegrating Roman Empire The advanced systems of Roman law culture and government gave way to crude forms of Barbarians These invaders lacked the ability to continue the achievements in art literature and engineering However these invaders also brought with them new ideas and traditions that changed Roman culture to a more diverse and defused culture which altered the course and development for later Europe The Germanic people brought with them their customs and traditions but the idea that most influenced later Europe was the belief in the rights of the individual To the Romans the state was more
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