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Decline of Rome

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  1. Decline of Rome

  2. The Greatest Empire

  3. 50 years – 26 Emperors End of the Pax Romana

  4. Diocletian284 AD

  5. Constantine312 AD Renames Byzantium - Constantinople

  6. out West… Decline of Roman Empire Hun push Barbarian tribesinto Roman Empire

  7. out West… Decline of Roman Empire Western Military Hires Germanic Immigrants

  8. Decline of Roman Empire Alaric I410 German mercenaries turn on Rome

  9. out West… Attila the Hun

  10. Attila the Hun434“the scourge of God”Over ran most of Western Roman Empire collecting huge ransoms and extortion money from Rome

  11. Attila and the Church • Roman Catholic church negotiated a truce with Attila. • Church used it as propaganda for power • Led to control and power in the West

  12. out West… Fall of Western Empire476Odoacer of Heruli a German mercenary who became the first barbarian King of Italy

  13. Political • Oppressive Government • Division of Empire • Internal Power Struggles

  14. Military • No loyalty - Germanic • Germanic Invasions

  15. Economic • Increase in taxes to support big Government • Reliance on cheap/slave labor

  16. Social • Decline of Patriotism • Decline of Self-reliance of masses

  17. Back in Constantinople537 Emperor Justinian • Hopes of taking back the great Empire

  18. Hagia Sophia “oh, Solomon. I have surpassed even thee” - Justinian

  19. Hagia Sophia

  20. Back in Constantinople537 Emperor Justinian • Hopes of taking back the great Empire • Stopped by the plague • killed up to 5,000 people per day in Constantinople • the Plague of Justinian killed as many as 25 million people across the world

  21. Back in Constantinople537 Emperor Justinian • Hopes of taking back the great Empire • Stopped by the plague Byzantine Empire could not afford to maintain Western Europe

  22. The new empire in the eastByzantine Empire