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Compare the domestic, foreign, and social reasons for the collapse of the classical Mediterranean (Roman) and Mesoamerican (Aztec) Empires.
Based on the following documents, analyze the collapses of these two classical civilizations. What types of additional documentation would be needed to compare the fall of the Roman and Aztec Empires?

Historical Background

Classical civilizations in Eurasia traditionally ended around 500 CE. Classical civilizations in the Americas, specifically the Mayans, Aztecs, and Inca, however, due to their isolation experienced their rises and falls at different times in comparison with their Eurasian counterparts. Nevertheless, the declines and collapses, especially the fall of the Mexica or Aztec Empire closely resembled the end of classical civilizations such as Rome and China.

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