|Theodoric ||April 15th, 2014 09:34 PM |
The Roman Empire disassembled across a number of dates; and different layers of it fell at different times. To narrow it down to one date is far too simple.
In 476 only the Western Imperial court fell, the Western imperial power and culture itself actually still lived on in the Germanic successor states - especially the Ostrogoths - but also the Vandals, the Visigoths, and the Franks. In the East, the Byzantine political state lived on, but they were culturally less traditionally Roman than the Ostrogoths and Visigoths.
During the 6th century, the Byzantines annihilated much of the core of Roman civilization.
During the 7th and early 8th century, the massive Arab Empire became the dominant Empire of the region, conquering all of the Persian Empire, and most of the Roman Empire. They became the new cultural center of the western world, and ressurected the Golden Age. The Byzantines and Franks remained as remnants of the Roman Empire; however, the Arab Empire were the primary benefactors of the Roman Empire's culture and knowledge, taking its knowledge, combining it with other knowledge, and advancing forward to create the best society until probably the 20th century.
During the 8th and 9th century, the Franks remained as the last successor state in the West and ressurected the Western Imperial Court under Charlemagne, and again later as the Holy Roman Empire.
In the 13th century, the Golden Age was ended by the Mongols, and the remaining Arab Empire crumbled as new powers arose. Italy, the Holy Roman Empire, France, England, and the Rennaissance inherited the knowledge of the Arabic Golden Age. Modern Europe has remained the primary benefactor to the knowledge of the fallen Arab Empire.
The Eastern Byzantine Empire fell in 1453 to the Ottoman Turks.
The last political claiment of the Roman Empire fell August 6 1806 to Napoleon's French Empire.
The main Roman religion, Roman Catholicism, remains intact to date. That part of the Roman Empire has not fallen and is not showing any signs of falling anytime soon.