This was the first time that the city of Rome was sacked, but by no means the last.
Wave after wave of Germanic barbarian tribes swept through the Roman Empire.
Groups such as the Visigoths, Vandals, Angles, Saxons, Franks, Ostrogoths, and Lombards took turns ravaging the Empire, eventually carving out areas in which to settle down. Romulus, the last of the Roman emperors in the west, was overthrown by the Germanic leader Odoacer, who became the first Barbarian to rule in Rome.
It didn't help matters that political amateurs were in control of Rome in the years leading up to its fall.
Army generals dominated the emperorship, and corruption was rampant.
But the Christian belief in one god — who was not the emperor — weakened the authority and credibility of the emperor.
Constantine enacted another change that helped accelerate the fall of the Roman Empire. E., he split the empire into two parts: the western half centered in Rome and the eastern half centered in Constantinople, a city he named after himself.
The Angles and Saxons populated the British Isles, and the Franks ended up in France. The order that the Roman Empire had brought to western Europe for 1000 years was no more.
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She helped keep her husband, Emperor Justinian, in power and solidified the strength of the Byzantine Empire in the 6th century C. First, it was on a peninsula that could be fortified and defended easily.
Further, because Constantinople was located on the frontiers of the empire, imperial armies could respond more easily to external attacks or threats.