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Title: The Fall of the Roman Empire


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The Fall of the Roman Empire

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Weak Roman Government
  • Poor leaders weakened the government
  • Frequent fights for power
  • Many officials took bribes
  • Talented people chose not to serve due to dangers
    of government life

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Social Problems
  • Plague (disease) spread throughout Rome, killing
    1 in 10
  • Famine There was not enough food to feed people

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Economic Problems
  • Income and wages fall due to inflation and lack
    of work.
  • Wealthy Romans stop paying taxes
  • No taxes, no money

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Dividing the Empire
  • The empire was to divide it in half to save the
    empire.
  • Created two empires
  • Western Empire Europe/ North Africa
  • Eastern Empire Turkey/ Asia.

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Christianity
  • Began in the 1st century A.D. as a breakaway
    Jewish sect
  • Focused around the spiritual leader Jesus of
    Nazareth.
  • Jesus was put to death by the Roman provincial
    government.

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Christianity
  • Followers of Jesus spread Christianity throughout
    the Roman Empire.
  • Persecuted first by the Jewish People.
  • Nero had Christianity made a crime punishable by
    death.

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Constantine
  • Constantine (312 CE) united the empire again
    under one ruler
  • First Christian emperor
  • Stopped the persecution of Christians

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Rome invaded
  • Western Empire unable to hold off German tribes
    on its borders
  • German tribes wanted warmer area, Roman riches,
    and to flee the Huns

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The Fall
  • Rome was defeated in 476 CE
  • Western Empire was divided into many kingdoms
    that adopted many of the customs of Rome

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Eastern Roman Empire
  • Although the Western Empire fell in 476 CE, the
    Eastern Roman Empire continued to prosper for
    1,000 more years
  • Became known as the Byzantine Empire
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