Why did Rome let the Eastern Roman Empire disappear?

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  • Athena
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    Actually the Eastern Empire lasted a thousand years after Rome fell.

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  • 4 weeks ago

    You really ought to be more specific about what you mean.

    If you mean why did the Roman Empire allow the eastern half to disappear - then other answerers are correct in pointing out that the Western Roman Empire disappeared almost a thousand years before the Eastern.

    If, however, you're asking why Rome - as a prime mover and shaker of western Europe - didn't mobilise more help to the Byzantine Empire as it slowly fell, the answer is differences of religion.

    In the middle of the eleventh century, there was the Grand Schism in Christianity, with Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy going their separate ways. The reasons for this are complex, but really boiled down to a question of authority.

    For the next four hundred years, western Catholics were indifferent at best to the fate of their Orthodox brethren. The Crusades, in particular caused vast ill-feeling on both sides. Indeed, in 1204, the Fourth Crusade was hi-jacked by the Venetians, and sacked Constantinople, which had Latin (Catholic) rulers for the next sixty years.

    When the Mongols appeared in the 1240's, and ravaged Orthodox Rus and Byzantium, western Europe's reaction was to sit on their hands.

    By the time of the final fall of Constantinople in 1453, the Eastern Empire was beyond saving. Even so, they appealed to their "fellow-christians" but got almost no help. Differences in religion were at the root of it all. Differences which went both ways - it was a common saying in Constantinople - "Better the Turkish turban than the Papal tiara." 

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  • xyzzy
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    What are you taking about? The Eastern Roman Empire lasted a thousand years after the fall of the Western Empire.

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  • Marli
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    By "Rome", do you mean the Western Roman Empire, the Holy Roman Empire, or the Roman Catholic Church?

    Give the pope at the time the Turks conquered Constantinople some credit for trying to persuade the rest of western Christendom to join his crusade to defend it. The rest of western Christendom said they were too busy with other matters (the wars between England and France and the between factions in England; the wars among the Italian states)

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  • 4 weeks ago

    What?  The Eastern Empire lasted longer than the Western!  One day the Ottomans showed up and the Eastern Roman people demanded to put their feet up and rest after all the years of nonsense.

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  • Elaine
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    You have it backwards.  After the collapse of the Western Empire  Emperor Justinian sent Belisarius to Italy in order to regain Italy.  After 18 years of fighting Italy was so weakened that the Lombards were successful in their invasion. The emperors in Byzantium realised that the Western Empire was lost forever. 

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  • 4 weeks ago

    I think that you've got it wrong. It was the eastern Roman empire that survived long after the original Roman Empire fell to pieces due to corruption.

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  • 4 weeks ago

    Too many of us white people. Africa was easier to control.

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  • 4 weeks ago

    the Western Roman Empire had already collapsed

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