The Legacy of Rome Lives On
The fall of Rome has been an ongoing debatable topic. The Roman civilization is renowned as one of the most remarkable ancient civilizations. The Romans accomplished various feats such as creating a new sophisticated form of government, conquering numerous cities, and advanced agriculture and trading networks. Through their achievements, much of the presently prospering world powers have adapted from Roman culture. A fallen civilization wouldn’t have much or barely any presence into the future. The knowledge and work of the mighty Romans greatly impacted the lives many current nations that it is irrefutable to claim that Rome had fallen.
The Roman Empire as an entity never fell but modified to it’s circumstances during decline of its peak. Around third century A.D., when most claim the decline of Rome began, the Roman empire was instead, adapting. Following the division of East and West Rome, the eastern part of Rome flourished in Constantinople for another 1000 years changing its name to the Byzantine Empire. The Byzantine Empire was a continuation of the Roman Empire in the sense that it continued the tradition of a large central power base conquering massive territories. The Byzantines considered themselves to be superior to other cultures, like the Romans, and sought to impress other civilizations with their wealth, power and traditions. Though renamed the Byzantine Empire, Roman beliefs remained in tact.
Roman knowledge and ideas were the foundation to the building and shaping of many of the current world powers. Language is one of the most blatant of Roman contributions. Latin was the common language spoken of the early Roman Empire and later the Western Roman Empire. Today, languages that have descended from Latin are spoken by more than 600 million native speakers worldwide, mainly in the Americas, Europe and Africa. In English, the proportion of words with a Latin origin is estimated to be over 50%. Similarly, the...