Date of Graduation

Spring 5-2015

Level of Access

Open Access

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department or Program

History

Number of Pages

85

First Advisor

Jones, Michael

Abstract

This thesis attempts to widen the existing body of literature regarding the decline and fall of the Western Roman Empire by adding the contributions of the Sassanid Empire to the literary discussion. The argument of this thesis will be that the Sassanid Empire exacerbated structural weaknesses in several facets of the Roman imperial system to an extent that the Sassanid Empire must be considered a necessary and contributory cause in the decline and fall of the Western Roman Empire. The source evidence will be drawn from contemporary literary sources, archeological evidence, and numismatic analysis. This thesis will not posit a monocausal argument regarding the Sassanid Empire and its effect on the fall of the Western Roman Empire, rather it will emphasize the role that the Sassanid Empire must play in a more nuanced and multi-causal thesis on the subject.

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