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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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Decline of Rome


The Greatest Empire


50 years – 26 Emperors

End of the Pax Romana


Diocletian284 AD


Constantine312 AD

Renames Byzantium - Constantinople


out West…

Decline of Roman Empire Hun push Barbarian tribesinto Roman Empire


out West…

Decline of Roman Empire Western Military Hires Germanic Immigrants


Decline of Roman Empire Alaric I410

German mercenaries turn on Rome


out West…

Attila the Hun


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

  • Roman Catholic church negotiated a truce with Attila.

  • Church used it as propaganda for power

  • Led to control and power in the West


out West…

Fall of Western Empire476Odoacer of Heruli

a German mercenary who became the first barbarian King of Italy


Political

  • Oppressive Government

  • Division of Empire

  • Internal Power Struggles


Military

  • No loyalty - Germanic

  • Germanic Invasions


Economic

  • Increase in taxes to support big Government

  • Reliance on cheap/slave labor


Social

  • Decline of Patriotism

  • Decline of Self-reliance of masses


Back in Constantinople537

Emperor Justinian

  • Hopes of taking back the great Empire


Hagia Sophia

“oh, Solomon. I have surpassed even thee”

- Justinian


Hagia Sophia


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 Constantinople537

Emperor Justinian

  • Hopes of taking back the great Empire

  • Stopped by the plague

    Byzantine Empire could not afford to maintain Western Europe


The new empire in the eastByzantine Empire


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