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   The Roman Empire became a very wealthy and great empire while controlling large areas of Mediterranean territory and expanding its beliefs. Through the duration of reaching its height in prosperity, the feared Roman Empire came to a fall, and still Historians today try to figure out what made the vast empire come to a stop. The emergence of Christianity and the disappearance of business led to the fall of the Roman Empire.             Many people in the Roman Empire relied on business. Once business declined, regular objects disappeared from the market and luxuries came. One reason for business to fall was the customer decline, robbing at seas, and unsafe routes. Document 1 states, “Commerce business had largely disappeared owing to the lack of customers, to piracies on the seas, and to insecurity of the roads on land”. Business in trading was a very risky lifestyle for the reason that people staked money or their lives to receive an unknown profit.  Trading of business did not promise anything to anyone, and it was simply a risk people took. Merchants came as well as went as well as different things appeared on the market. “Trade in the everyday objects of daily use had all but disappeared, but trade in luxuries prospered.” states Document 1. People had to find objects that were no longer regular on the market. Document 1 also states, “The old traders were replaced by the traveling eastern merchant … Foreign trade was sharply curtailed.” Since goods changed in values, new traders that had these goods came in as well. Issues such as the lack of customers, new things appearing on the market, and new merchants led to business decline which led to the fall of the Roman Empire.          During the Pax Romana, a new religion emerged which was Christianity.  At first, Christianity was not accepted, anyone that believed in the religion was mistreated and killed. Throughout 380 and 390 C.E. Christianity became a major belief. Emperors such as Licinius and Constantine ended laws that mistreated Christians. Therefore, leading to the rise of Christianity and the fall of the Roman Empire. Document 7 states, “The clergy successfully preached the doctrines of patience and pusillanimity cowardliness”. Christianity had influenced people’s desire to fight for the Roman Empire, and people no longer wanted to fight. Emperors also focused on influencing Christianity by using the people’s wealth for the church. There was no more military spirit.  Christianity gave people a reason to live the way they lived because they believed there was a better life after death. As stated in a Document 7,  “A large portion of public and private wealth was consecrated to the … the church, and even the state, were distracted by religious factions, whose conflicts were sometimes bloody …; the attention of the emperors was diverted from camps to synods assembly of church officials.” People stopped paying attention to the economical and political issues arising, and instead focusing on the religion. Christianity is one factor that led to the fall of the Roman Empire.        The Romans did not realize the issues arising from economical, political and social factors which led to the fall of the Roman Empire. Changes had influenced people’s decisions. Due to issues such as the lack of customers and change in people’s beliefs, both the decline of business and the religion of Christianity led to the fall of the great empire.

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