We are left asking how such an ignoble end could encompass the once glorious Western Empire

We are left asking how such an ignoble end could encompass the once glorious Western Empire

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We are left asking how such an ignoble end could encompass the once glorious Western Empire.  Countless reasons have been offered. In terms of immediate causality, it appears that policy  incoherence and a lack of resolve by emperors and other elites combined to sap all resilience out  of the Roman government. What was missing was the will-power to break the cycle of Germanic  military strongmen in Roman ranks, the senseless intriguing of Roman politics, and the general  relinquishment of government responsibilities. Indeed, for its last eighty years Rome appears to  have been bereft of the spirit of past rulers, such as Augustus, Vespasian, Diocletian, or  Constantine. Was it simply the magnitude of military and fiscal challenges that overwhelmed  uninspired leaders? This is possible, though it should be recalled that the sedentary population of 
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