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The Fall of the Roman Empire. Weak Roman Government. Poor leaders weakened the government Frequent fights for power Many officials took bribes Talented people chose not to serve due to dangers of government life. Social Problems. Plague (disease) spread throughout Rome, killing 1 in 10

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The fall of the roman empire

The Fall of the Roman Empire


Weak roman government

Weak Roman Government

  • Poor leaders weakened the government

  • Frequent fights for power

  • Many officials took bribes

  • Talented people chose not to serve due to dangers of government life


Social problems

Social Problems

  • Plague (disease) spread throughout Rome, killing 1 in 10

  • Famine: There was not enough food to feed people


Economic problems

Economic Problems

  • Income and wages fall due to inflation and lack of work.

  • Wealthy Romans stop paying taxes

    • No taxes, no money


Dividing the empire

Dividing the Empire

  • The empire was to divide it in half to save the empire.

  • Created two empires:

  • Western Empire: Europe/ North Africa

  • Eastern Empire: Turkey/ Asia.


Christianity

Christianity

  • Began in the 1st century A.D. as a breakaway Jewish sect

  • Focused around the spiritual leader Jesus of Nazareth.

  • Jesus was put to death by the Roman provincial government.


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Christianity

  • Followers of Jesus spread Christianity throughout the Roman Empire.

  • Persecuted first by the Jewish People.

  • Nero had Christianity made a crime punishable by death.


Constantine

Constantine

  • Constantine (312 CE) united the empire again under one ruler

  • First Christian emperor

  • Stopped the persecution of Christians


Rome invaded

Rome invaded

  • Western Empire unable to hold off German tribes on its borders

  • German tribes wanted warmer area, Roman riches, and to flee the Huns


The fall

The Fall

  • Rome was defeated in 476 CE

  • Western Empire was divided into many kingdoms that adopted many of the customs of Rome


Eastern roman empire

Eastern Roman Empire

  • Although the Western Empire fell in 476 CE, the Eastern Roman Empire continued to prosper for 1,000 more years

  • Became known as the Byzantine Empire


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