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Decline of Rome. The Greatest Empire. 50 years – 26 Emperors. End of the Pax Romana. Diocletian 284 AD. Constantine 312 AD. Renames Byzantium - Constantinople. out West…. Decline of Roman Empire Hun push Barbarian tribes into Roman Empire. out West….

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50 years 26 emperors
50 years – 26 Emperors

End of the Pax Romana

constantine 312 ad
Constantine312 AD

Renames Byzantium - Constantinople

decline of roman empire alaric i 410
Decline of Roman Empire Alaric I410

German mercenaries turn on Rome

out west
out West…

Attila the Hun

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Attila the Hun434“the scourge of God”Over ran most of Western Roman Empire collecting huge ransoms and extortion money from Rome
attila and the church
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
fall of western empire 476 odoacer of heruli

out West…

Fall of Western Empire476Odoacer of Heruli

a German mercenary who became the first barbarian King of Italy

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Political
  • Oppressive Government
  • Division of Empire
  • Internal Power Struggles
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Military
  • No loyalty - Germanic
  • Germanic Invasions
slide15
Economic
  • Increase in taxes to support big Government
  • Reliance on cheap/slave labor
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Social
  • Decline of Patriotism
  • Decline of Self-reliance of masses
back in constantinople 537
Back in Constantinople537

Emperor Justinian

  • Hopes of taking back the great Empire
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Hagia Sophia

“oh, Solomon. I have surpassed even thee”

- Justinian

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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
back in constantinople 5371
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

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