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The Decline and Fall of Rome Chapter 5, Section 5 TEST TUESDAY
Remember what happened? Jesus spreads the word of God Pontius Pilate calls for his death His followers believe he comes back!! Jesus’ story is basis of Christianity Called the New Testament The Romans DID accept them… but many thought they were harmful for not worshiping the emperors!
The Decline of the Roman Empire Marcus Aurelius dies… Political Issues 50 years = 22 Emperors Many are murdered! Is that good or bad? WHY? Tons of Invasions on the empire! Too big to protect from Germanic Tribes
Economic and Military Issues Invasions, Civil Wars, and Plague Cause decline in Trade (If you are dead, you cant trade!) Farms Sink Everyone is dead because of Plague Invaders destroy the farms No Money No Soldiers No Recruiting No Protection
Good Emperors, Bad Results The Empire is too big! Make adjustments. Divide it up into 4 equal parts Army gets bigger Fight Inflation – A rapid increase in prives Population was not growing, no tax money New armies and civil programs drain $ Constantine comes in as emperor
Divided Empire: East v West East: Constantinople West: Rome Invasions from Everywhere! Pressure!! Huns from Asia Visigoths from Germany Vandals from Spain (ruthless; vandal)
476 AD – Rome Falls WHY? Christianity weakens Military values Lead posioning from water pipes causes mental decline Plague wipes out a tenth (1/10) of the population Rome fails to advance because of Slavery