From 50 BCE until the year 200 CE, the Roman empire was the superpower of the Mediterranean world. During that time, the empire' wealth, territory and international status grew and grew. But even as the empire prospered it was slowly starting to fall apart. Some of its problems were internal-coming from within Rome itself-and others were external. This Mini-DBQ explores the factors that led to the eventual fall of one of history's most powerful and influential empires.