The Complex and Gradual Decline of the Roman Empire

TLDR The fall of the Roman Empire was a gradual process that occurred over centuries, with various factors contributing to its decline. While the empire officially ended in 476 and 1453, successor states emerged claiming the mantle of Rome.

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00:00 The Roman Empire fell at an exact date, but the reasons for its decline are complex and varied.
02:02 The Fall of the Roman Empire is not a clear-cut event like the end of Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union, but rather a gradual process similar to the decline of the British Empire.
03:53 The Roman Empire officially ended in 476 when the last Western Roman emperor, Romulus Augustus, was deposed by the Germanic king Odoacer.
05:49 The Roman Empire officially ended in 476, but the Eastern Roman Empire continued to exist and even attempted to retake the Western empire until 565.
07:48 The Roman Empire continued to shrink and become insignificant after the Battle of Yarmouk in 636, and the final blow came on May 29th, 1453, when Constantinople fell to the Ottoman Empire, extinguishing the last remnants of the Roman Empire.
09:40 The Roman Empire officially ended in 1453 with the fall of Constantinople, but there were several successor states that claimed the mantle of Rome, including the Holy Roman Empire, the Russian Empire, and the Ottoman Empire, each with their own arguments for being the true successor.
11:40 The Roman Empire took a long time to fall, regardless of where you draw the line.
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