The Roman Empire At Its Height

Published June 20, 2013
Updated November 7, 2023

Despite encompassing an incredible five million-plus square kilometers by 117 AD, the vast expanse of the Roman Empire wouldn't be enjoyed for much longer.

Height Of The Roman Empire Map

Quantity is certainly not quality. Despite encompassing an incredible five million-plus square kilometers by 117 AD, that vast expanse surely wouldn’t be enjoyed for too much longer.

As the empire expanded, the efficacy of its institutions contracted to the point that by 284 AD it was vulnerable to external attack and eventually collapsed.

Savannah Cox
Savannah Cox holds a Master's in International Affairs from The New School as well as a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and now serves as an Assistant Professor at the University of Sheffield. Her work as a writer has also appeared on DNAinfo.