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the fall of rome

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The Fall of Rome In 180 A.D aurelius died. commadus became emperor. commandus didn't care and he wasted money. instead of ruling rome all he did was fight as a gladiator. in 192 A.D. commadus bodyguard killed him. after commodus died, the emperors called the severans to rule rome. the severans kept their rule by paying the army and ignoring power. Rome's government became weak after the last Severan ruler in A.D. 235. Leaders fought for the throne for 50 years, and during this span of time there were 22 emperors. Government officials began taking bribes, Roman's didn't honour old ideals, people often refused to serve in government, wealthy refused to pay taxes, fewer people went to school, ad many people were enslaved. A.D. 200s, the economy began to fall, the government weakened, laws weren't used, Roman soldiers took crops and destroyed fields with invaders, farmers grew less crops, and hunger widespread.
While this happend people bought less, Artisans made less, and shops closed. Plagues began killing many people. Rome shattered from the inflation and the government couldn't afford to defend itself and began to put less gold in it's coins.People learned this and coins lost thier value. People stopped using money and began to barter. In the west, however, Germanic tribes raided farms and towns, the east was attacked by Persians. Because of it's troubled times the Romans hired the Germanic warriors. The Decline of Rome Political and Social Problems Economic and Military Problems Rome is Invaded When Constantine died in A.D. 337 fighting broke out. Theodosius gained control of the empire and ended fighting. However ruling the empire proved to be difficult and he deciced to split the empire after his death. In A.D. 395 the empire split into two. The capitol of the west was rome and the east was constantinople. As rome started to decline it could no longer hold back the germanic tribes on its borders. Some of the different tribes were the Ostrogoths, Franks, Vandals, Saxons, Visigothes and the Angles. They wanted a warmer climate and more land for cattle. They were also fleeing from the Huns. Around A.D. 300 the Huns defeated the Ostrogoths. Now the Visigoths thinking they would be next asked the Eastern Roman emperor for protection. aD 284, Diocletian became an emperor, he started to use reforms to make things better. He divided the empire so that it was easier to control, he had official watching each part, but he was still the absolute leader. What Were Diocletian's Reforms? He also wanted to boost economy. He made people do the same job until they died, the reforms failed and Diocletian did not have enough power to rule. Who Was Constantine? A.D. 305, Diocletian retired, following him was a general, Constantine, who became emperor in 312. He made it so that the sons of workers had to bve workers, sons of farmers had to be farmers, and sons of soldiers had to be soldiers. Constantine had no effect on the decline in the west. In return he moved the capital to the Greek city of Byzantium. He built a forum, an amphitheater called the Hippodrome, and palaces, the city was Constantinople. Constantinople died in A.D. 337 fighting broke out again. Theodosius then gained control and ended the fighting. In 395 A.D. the empire split in two. The west’s capitol was Rome, the east’s Constantinople. The Germanic groups were the Ostrogoths, Visigoths, Franks, Vandals, Angles, and the Saxons. They wanted a warmer climate and cattle. So in A.D. 300, the Huns killed the Ostrogoths, Visigoths, and the western emperor for protection. Trouble began to break out with high food prices in Rome and the Visigoths had become slaves. The Visigoths rebel, and in 406 A.D. they defeat Rome and get land. 410 A.D., the Visigoth leader, Alaric, captures Rome; it was the first time Rome had been conquered for 800 years. 455 A.D. The Vandals stripped Rome and burned it. Latin shaped the entire language of Italy, and most of our words come from them. We admire Roman writers and a lot of their architecture is used in our modern buildings. The domes on our capitol buildings were built in the Roman style. Christianity also began in Rome; they adopted it in A.D. 300. After the fall of their empire, many of the Roman ideas blended with Christianity. Roman Influence on Culture and Christianity Rome Falls by the mid AD 400s,several germanic leaders held high post in romes government and armie. Odoacer controlled rome for almost 15 years. Odoacer was seized by a group of visigoths. They then set up a kingdom in italy under their leader theodoric. By AD 550 the western roman empire had faded away. Many roman beliefs and practices remained in use. Even though western rome fell to the germanics eastern rome prospered. Eastern rome lasted at least 1,000. Many of our governmental ideas come from ancient rome. The same is true for our laws and our knowledge of building. Constantine the Great He was the first Roman Emperor. He also believed in Christianatity many years earlier, when he was a military leader. He saw a cross in the sky and thought it was a call from the Christian God. Constantine granted new oppurtunities to Christians and helped advance the power of the early Catholic Church. He boosted the political positions and power of the bishops within the Roman government . Even though he has had successes his life was filled with tragedy. He married a women named Fausta his eldest son was married and named Crispus. Fausta accused Crispus of crimes and thought he was planning to seize the throne. So he had to kill his son. Constantine later discovered that Fausta lied to get her son the throne. So he had to kill her. Roman ideas and govt today The Twelve tables were where the Romans wrote their governmen-related ideas. We believe in many of their old customs such as 'All people are equal under the eyes of the law' and that someone is innocent until they are proven guilty. Economic and Military Problems A.D. 200s, Rome's economy began to fall. The soldiers begna to destroy the crops and farmers grew less food. People began to buy less, and Artisans made less as the shopkeepers lost their money and some their jobs. Many people joined the army from lack of jobs and a plague killed many people. ROme also began to fall from the lack of intrest in the government, and less gold was also put into the coins. Causing people to resort to bartering from the loss in value of the coin.
In the west the Germanic tribes raided the empire, and the government began hiring them. The last Severan ruler died in 235 A.D., the government was weak at that point, and for 50 years people fought for the rule of Rome and 22 different people ruled in this time. Fewer Romans believed in courage and honesty, the officials toke bribes, people refuesed to join in government, people stopped paying taxes, lots of people didn't go to school, and many people were enslaved. Political and Social Problems Section 2: The Fall of Rome
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