The Fall of Constantinople and the subsequent collapse of the Eastern Roman Empire was one of world history’s most significant turning points. The most well-known empire in the world had ceased to exist, and a new power, the Ottomans, had emerged in their place.

When the Fall of Constantinople is mentioned, many think it was just an Ottoman conquest; in truth, the Roman Empire already had one foot in the coffin and collapsed for hundreds of years. Many decisive factors led to the fall of the Roman Empire, attributed to the weakened Roman state that made an Ottoman conquest much more accessible.

Usurpations

At times of tranquility and peaceful borders in the empire, generals, aristocrats, and provincial governors would become greedy and corrupt enough to aspire to overthrow the emperor to take control of the realm for themselves. The Romans suffered several catastrophes from usurpations due to the ambitious and corrupt aristocracy.