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What caused the fall of the Roman Empire?

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Many theories have been advanced for the cause of the fall of the Roman Empire . Gibbon, in his famous Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, argued that Christianity was the essential cause of its collapse. Other theories include lead in drinking vessels,...

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A combination of such factors as Christianity, decadence, lead, monetary trouble, and military problems caused the Fall of Rome. Imperial incompetence and chance could be added to the list.

However the Roman Empire (known as the Byzantine Empire) didnt fall until 1453.