This Was What Always Killed Ancient Empires (And We Never Talk About It)

Not decadence, or warfare, or bureaucracy but something else

Grant Piper
5 min readJun 3, 2023

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Great Wall of China (Wikipedia)

The discussion and debate over the fall of major empires is a popular thing to do around dinner tables and in classrooms around the world. The role of decadence, bureaucracy, and military failures play prominent roles in these discussions…

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Grant Piper

Professional writer. Amateur historian. Husband, father, Christian.