Presentation on theme: "“The Fall of the Roman Empire”"— Presentation transcript:
1 “The Fall of the Roman Empire” Chapter 6, Section 4“The Fall of the Roman Empire”
2 A Century of CrisisA. Rome’s Economy Weakens1. trade disrupted2. raised taxes3. minted same coins made with less silvera. inflation – value of money drops & prices rise4. farmland destroyed – overworked soil lost fertilitya. food shortages = population declineB. Military and Political Turmoil1. mercenaries recruited – foreign soldiers who serve for paya. not loyal to Rome2. citizens lost sense of patriotism, became indifferent
3 Emperors Attempt Reform A. Diocletian Reforms the Empire1. limited personal freedoms, but restored order2. doubled size of army3. fixed prices4. divided empire; Greek-speaking East & Latin-speaking WestB. Constantine Moves the Capital1. restored concept of single ruler2. Byzantium became new capital, later named Constantinoplea. center of power in empire shifted eastb. power divided again after Constantine’s death
5 The Western Empire Crumbles A. Germanic Invasions 1. Germanic tribes moved to Roman lands to escape Huns;overran RomansB. Attila the Hun1. terrorized Roman Empire, but never captured capital or RomeC. An Empire No More1. eastern ½ of empire became Byzantine Empire2. Roman ideas, customs, & institutions spreadAttila the Hun
6 Daily Essential Question To what does the to term Pax Romana refer? How were Jesus’ teachings at odds with Roman values and religious ideas?Why was Paul significant to the spread of Christianity?What were the causes of the fall of the Roman Empire?
7 On the back of your notes: Copy the Multiple Causes: Fall of the Western Roman Empire on page 174Answer the two Skill builder questionsRead the Fall of the Roman Empire documents on page 177 and answer the three document based questions