The fall of the western roman empire also called fall of the roman empire or fall of rome was the process of decline in the western roman empire in which the empire failed to enforce its rule and its vast territory was divided into several successor politiesthe roman empire lost the strengths that had allowed it to exercise effective control over its western provinces modern historians . The eastern roman empire or rather simply the roman empire after the fall of the west was the most powerful state in the world up to 602 trade flourished the economy was doing relative well and although the empires population had taken a hit due to the justinianic plague the empire was still one of the most populous states in the entire world. While the western roman empire fell to barbarians in 476 ce the byzantines in constantinople continued the eastern empire nicely calling themselves romans for a further 1000 years. The roman empire was split again in 395 ad upon the death of theodosius i roman emperor in constantinople never again to be made whole he divided the provinces up into east and west as it had been under diocletians tetrarchy over a century earlier between his two sons arcadius and honorius
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