Presentation on theme: "The Fall of Rome Diocletian stepped down as emperor in 305 AD For 7 years, Roman generals fought for power, and Constantine won In 313 AD Constantine controlled."— Presentation transcript:
The Fall of Rome Diocletian stepped down as emperor in 305 AD For 7 years, Roman generals fought for power, and Constantine won In 313 AD Constantine controlled the Western Empire, and Licinius controlled the Eastern Empire They declared freedom of religion. Christians could now freely practice their religion (Constantine was a Christian and he believed God helped win important battles) In 324, Constantine defeated Licinius and took control of the whole empire Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire
The Fall of Rome Constantine was a strong believer in Christianity In 325 he stopped the church from splitting apart in the east and the west He built many places of worship for Christians He built the church in Jerusalem on the site where Jesus was crucified and buried He built the church of St. Peter in Rome
The Church of JerusalemSt. Peter’s Church in Rome
The Fall of Rome In 330 AD, Constantine moved the capital of the Roman Empire from Rome to Byzantium (in modern day Turkey) The Empire was split again The western half of the Empire was no longer powerful or important Byzantium became a rich and powerful city. Its name was changed to Constantinople From 370- 450 AD, the Western Empire is continually attacked
The Fall of Rome After Constantine’s death, the western part of the empire was conquered. In 410, the Visigoths captured Rome. In 455, the Vandals captured Rome. In 476, the last Roman emperor was defeated by the Visigoths. The Visigoths controlled the city of Rome and fought to defend it from the Huns. The Western Empire was controlled by Germanic tribes of people Constantinople and the eastern empire continued to exist. Constantinople became the capital of the Byzantine Empire
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