On a much more abstract level are two suggested reasons for the fall

On a much more abstract level are two suggested reasons for the fall

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On a much more abstract level are two suggested reasons for the fall. According to one, after 200  CE, the Empire became 'Orientalized' in the ethnic complexion of its rulers and administrators.  This does not seem to count for much in real policy; indeed, the Eastern Empire was much more  'Oriental', and it outlasted the West by half a century. Still, some see Christianity and other  mystery religions as a philosophy and world view imported from the East, and perceive of these  religions as both sapping Roman rational thinking and removing from Roman imperial service  talented people who chose church service. Only the latter aspect appears to have merit, and that  only in the most guarded sense.  The second reason for the fall of the Western Empire offered in this realm of thought actually  faults classical intellectualism. Here, it is held that the classical Roman ideal of the limitless 
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  • Fall '08
  • Murphy
  • Roman imperial service, Roman rational thinking, cultural unification, classical Roman ideal, faults classical intellectualism., peculiar Roman misfortune

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