Nov 11, 2011
There are five reasons (among others) why the Roman Empire fell. The most important of the five have to do with the breakdown of religion, morality and the family. Everything else ripples from these three principles.
1. Family disintegration: Bachelors became more highly esteemed than husbands and fathers in society. In the second and third century of the Christian era, it had become a stigma for men to be “tied down” to families. Sexual liberation, especially among men, was lauded.
2. Low birth rate: During the centuries that followed Christ’s ascension into heaven, the Roman Empire had already experienced a precipitous drop in the birth rate. This trend started when Augustus, the Roman emperor, reigned. Even he tried to promulgate incentives for families to have more children; but it was too late. Before Augustus it wasn’t unusual for couples to have up to 12 children. In the decades which followed, couples, much like today, only had one or two children at the most.
Eventually the city of Rome went from a million inhabitants to less than 50,000. Depopulation had a devastating effect on both the Roman Empire as well as Ancient Greece.