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1 Barbarian Invaders Rome is attacked on all sides!

2 Outsiders During the Roman era there were groups of people who were not part of the Roman Empire living in Europe. During the Roman era there were groups of people who were not part of the Roman Empire living in Europe. Many of these groups, called tribes, lived in the far north. Others lived in various parts of Europe not occupied by the Roman Empire or in Asia. Many of these groups, called tribes, lived in the far north. Others lived in various parts of Europe not occupied by the Roman Empire or in Asia.

3 Barbarians The word “barbarian” is said to come from an imitation of someone speaking gibberish. (“bar- bar” is like our “blah-blah-blah”). The word “barbarian” is said to come from an imitation of someone speaking gibberish. (“bar- bar” is like our “blah-blah-blah”). The word “barbarian” came to mean “uncivilized”. The word “barbarian” came to mean “uncivilized”. Barbarian tribes were considered uncivilized because they did not settle down and farm. Instead, they preferred a roaming, warlike lifestyle. Barbarian tribes were considered uncivilized because they did not settle down and farm. Instead, they preferred a roaming, warlike lifestyle.

4 Conflicts with the Romans Due to climate changes, food shortages and enemy invasions, many tribes began to migrate closer to the Roman Empire. Sometimes they even settled within the borders of the Empire. Due to climate changes, food shortages and enemy invasions, many tribes began to migrate closer to the Roman Empire. Sometimes they even settled within the borders of the Empire. This eventually led to conflicts between the tribes and the Romans. This eventually led to conflicts between the tribes and the Romans.

5 Playground Fight The situation in Rome was much like a fight on a school playground. The situation in Rome was much like a fight on a school playground. –In a playground fight, you can usually hold your own against one other person. –However, when your enemy brings 5 friends to the playground with him... you’re gonna get JUMPED! Rome had a strong, powerful army. However, with barbarians attacking from all sides, she was often overpowered. Rome had a strong, powerful army. However, with barbarians attacking from all sides, she was often overpowered.

6 Lots of Enemies! Goths Goths Huns Huns Visigoths Visigoths Ostrogoths Ostrogoths Vandals Vandals Burgundies Burgundies Alans Alans Franks Franks Lombards Lombards Jutes Jutes Angles Angles Saxons Saxons

7 Rome is sacked. Two barbarians tribes sacked the city of Rome. Two barbarians tribes sacked the city of Rome. –For years, the Romans paid the Goths so they wouldn’t attack. When they stopped making payments, the Goths attacked Rome in 410 AD. –The Vandals are credited with destroying the city of Rome in 455 AD. (Consider how we use the words vandal and vandalism today. How do you think we arrived at those terms?) Once the city was destroyed, it was only a matter of time until the Western Roman Empire fell. Once the city was destroyed, it was only a matter of time until the Western Roman Empire fell.


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