Lee Son of Pete wrote:
I know it doesn't intrinsically imply anything, but I think it's worth remembering that the Roman Empire survived for hundreds of years after Rome fell. It's character changed and it developed*, but then every society changes over time doesn't it?
Right. The Roman Empire didn't fall when Rome fell; only the Western
Roman Empire fell. For centuries before then, the empire had basicaly had two halves, a Western half with Latin as the official language, and an Eastern half with Greek as the official language (and which was in a lot of ways a continuation of the Hellenistic culture that preceded Roman rule there). The Eastern empire endured a millennium longer than the Western one (at least officially, though by the end there was little to it beyond Constantinople).