Between 1776 and 1788, English historian (and Member of Parliament) Edward Gibbon published his classic 6 volume work The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. It is interesting to examine the causes of the decline – and fall – of the grand Roman Empire which expired in about 476 A.D. — not with a bang but a whimper. . . .
Ongoing wars and heavy military spending
Failing economy and high inflation — and high unemployment among the working classes
Declining morals, ethics and values
Demand for blood and violence in entertainment (Gladitorial “games”)
Antagonism between the Emperor and the Senate
Hero worship of athletes and actors
Dilution of the Roman language
George Santayana’s comment “Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it” in The Life of Reason comes to mind. . . . .