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How did the expansion of the Roman Empire contribute to its demise?

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While there are many reasons for the demise of the Roman Empire, its vast size played a significant part. For centuries, Rome had been expanding its borders. By the 3rd Century CE, it encompassed the entire Mediterranean and most of Europe and the Middle East. While it may seem that being so expansive would make a empire stronger, it eventually became a liability for Rome.

For one thing, defending such large and far-flung borders is no easy task. By the 3rd century, Rome did not have enough Romans to man its large...

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