THE FALL OF ROME THE PROBLEMS IN ROME During the third century A.D. all THREE sources of prosperity that existed during PAX ROMANA disappeared: Trade collapsed Loss of Money Farms were falling apart and grain was no longer being produced. WHAT DID ROME DO TO TRY AND FIX THE PROBLEMS?
In the army discipline and loyalty collapsed! Soldiers were no longer loyal to Rome. The government began to recruit
Mercenaries:Foreign soldiers who fought for money. They accepted little pay for service but were not loyal to Rome.
and stop inflation.
land and other workers to stay in their jobs for life.
Germanic tribes were moving away from the invading HUNS. Fleeing from the HUNS they pushed into Roman territory.
Who was Attila?
The Huns powerful Chieftain
A 14-year-old boy named Romulus Augustulus. In 476 AD he was deposed by a German general named Odoacer and sent into exile.
Greco-Roman Culture: A mixture of Greek, Hellenistic, and Roman culture. This time period is also called classical civilization. Roman artists, philosophers and writers did not merely copy Greek and Hellenistic models, they adapted it for their own purposes.
Fine Arts: Romans created realistic sculptures and Roman art was practical in purpose and intended for education.
Literature: Romans borrowed
much of their philosophy from
the Greeks. Stoicism, the
philosophy from the teacher Zeno,
was very influential.
“In the midst of it all,
you must take your stand,
and without disdain.”
Virgil: Wrote Latin Literature, including Aeneid – written to praise Rome and Roman virtues.
Tacitus: A Roman historian noted for presenting historical facts accurately. He wrote the Annals and Histories – a discussion about the good and the bad aspects of the Roman Empire
Aqueducts: Designed by Roman engineers to bring water from the rivers to the farms.
Roman Law System:
Rome’s most lasting contribution.
The Romans believed that laws should
be fair and equal to all people.