The West and East Roman Empire Analytical Essay by scribbler

The West and East Roman Empire
Looks at why the western part of the Roman Empire fell but the eastern segment continued as the Byzantine Empire.
# 152416 | 835 words | 3 sources | APA | 2013 | US

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This paper explains that, because of the enormous size, the once great Roman Empire was divided into two sectors, the East that remained after 450 C.E. and the West that fell. Next the author relates that Western Empire fell because of the vast region of frontier lands bordering it and the sparse number of civilized troops available for the army to fight the invading barbarian tribes. On the other hand, the paper concludes that the East had long established trade routes and many more resources than the West, which included many native tribes, who supported the government because of reforms.

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From the Paper:

"In 450, the West had depleted nearly all of the available resources and could barely hold off the onslaught of Attila the Hun. Tribes backed the Western Empire due to the ruthlessness of the Huns and the fear of being ruled by them. After several failed attempts to put 'puppet' rulers in control, the barbarians and other tribes began to create new kingdoms out of the Western Empire. The tribes that emerged in the West during this time period were the Angeles, Saxons, Jutes, Visigoths, and Alans.
"The East known as the Byzantine Empire was centered on the city of Constantinople, founded by Emperor Constantine to be the Rome of the East. The invaders of the West believed they were carrying on the Roman Empire and the East half claimed to be the same.
"The Eastern section of the Empire experienced numerous reforms under Constantine that helped promote the success of the region from the constant uprisings going on in the Western half. He created the solid coin system that became a standard in the currency of the region. The East contained more populated lands versus the spread out populations of the West, so taxation and troop replenishment was easier to accomplish in the East."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "The Byzantine Empire." 2010. "European Middle Ages." Retrieved on May 13, 2010 from
  • Jones, A. n.d. "The Later Roman Empire." "The Roman Empire and the Rise of Christianity." Retrieved on May 13, 2010 from
  • "Why the West?" 2010. Retrieved on May 13, 2010 from

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