A third problem was that Emperor Diocletian decided to split the Empire into two halves- the East and the West in 284 CE. Then, in 330 CE, Emperor Constantine declared Byzantium/Constantinople as the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire. He oriented his religion, Christianity, east as well. The East was very rich, however, the West was plummeting both financially and politically.
Barbarians had been attacking the Roman Empire for a long time, and in 476 CE, they finally conquered Rome, which was in the western half. The last emperor, Romulus Augustus, was defeated by Germanic forces. The Roman Empire has officially fallen.
Although the Roman Empire has fallen, its legacy stays with us all the way up to the present day.
Our sports stadiums are influenced by Rome's amphitheaters with tiered seating and oval shapes.
In our architecture.....
The Romans built an expansive road network by laying gravel and paving over it. Today, there are roads all over the world to help us with transportation.
Technology and science.....
Latin is now the basis of many romance languages like French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, and Catalan. Latin root words are also the foundation for many English words.
Literature and language..
The court system used back then was very similar to how it is now. Ex. a prominent Roman citizen would try a case, while witnesses and evidence would be presented.