The Demise of Rome. Throughout this activity, there will be areas of the slide that you can click to move to the next slide. Click it already!!!. Continue!.
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Throughout this activity, there will be areas of the slide that you can click to move to the next slide. Click it already!!!
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During the First and Second Centuries CE*, Rome was at its most prosperous. The PaxRomana, or “Roman Peace”, encompassed the entire Mediterranean and stretched 3,000 miles from east to west. Many of its 50 million citizens would experience a way of life that would continue to inspire the world, even after its fall.PaxRomana
Sadly, like all great things, Rome would see its end. A troubling combination of plague, famine, political turmoil, and barbarian invasion brought Rome to its knees.
- A city affected by the plague is a terrible place to be. With so many people dying at once, the living often had difficulty finding places to put all the dead bodies.
Romans were a strong people! The grandest empire the world had ever seen was not built by a bunch of lightweights, after all! Intense reform and powerful, competent leaders would ensure Rome’s survival, at least in some form, for many more centuries.All was not lost!!
The fall of Rome is a long, somewhat complex story, but very interesting. Particularly interesting are some of the Emperors of the later Roman Empire: Diocletian, Constantine, and Justinian.
In this activity, you will be learning about some of the difficulties surrounding the decline of the Roman Empire to provide a base from which you will learn about the 3 emperors mentioned above.What you will be learning about…
There will be a quiz at the end, so make sure you study the information!!!
If at first you don’t succeed…..
(click try again)You’ve got the right idea, but…….
In 293, Diocletian would found the ‘tetrarchy’. A tetrarchy is a system of government in which there are four different rulers. This meant that the new government would have four emperors, two ruling over the eastern half and two ruling over the western half. Each half would have one major emperor, or Augustus, and one minor emperor, whom the Augustus would appoint to help him run his half of the empire. Each tetrarch would have his own capital city in a territory under his control.
A tetrarchy is a little more political than that (hint hint). Try again…..
A tetrarchy is a system of government in which there are four rulers.
On to the other emperors
What were his contributions?
Diocletian’s reign as emperor marked a age of intense governmental and military reform. When his time as emperor came to an end, a brilliant new emperor, Constantine, would be there to take the empire forward.
Third Century Rome saw its share of poor emperors, but the following centuries would see it share of rather competent leaders. You are going to learn about three such leaders today: Diocletian, Constantine, and Justinian. Just click on the picture of the bust to be taken to the information. When you are confident that you are familiar with the information, click the “Next” button in the lower right corner to go on to the quiz.
Emperor Diocletian (r. 284-305)
Emperor Constantine “The Great”
Constantine ruled from 306 to 337. While Constantine was the emperor, a couple of key changes were made to the Roman Empire.
In 324, Constantine founded Constantinople (modern day Istanbul) and made it the official capital of Rome.
Under Constantine’s rule, the persecution of Christians was ended. Christianity was even made the official state religion of the Roman Empire.
In 324 CE, Constantine founded the city, Constantine, and used it as Rome’s new capital.
On to the other emperors
What city did Constantine (hint hint) found?
Justinian “The Great” ruled from 527 to 565. Jumping almost 200 years from Constantine to Justinian may seem a bit odd, but Justinian is a Roman emperor of particularly import. By the time Justinian had come to rule what was left of the Roman Empire, The Western half had already fallen to Germanic Barbarian invaders nearly 60 years prior. Justinian was a dedicated, strong leader who would solidify Roman rule in the eastern province for nearly 900 more years.
Justinian made three major contributions to the glory of Rome:
He dedicated much of his rule to restoring the former glory of the empire. He would launch successful conquests on North Africa, Parts of Spain, and retook the Italian Peninsula. Though these lands wouldn’t be held for very long after Justinian’s death, their conquest was still a major accomplishment.
Justinian sought to solidify and systematize Roman law in the form of the Corpus IurisCivilis, or “Body of Civil Law.” Though Roman law had existed long before such a document, the document served to solidify the law as it was laid down. The Corpus IurisCivilis is a precursor to all modern civil law.
Justinian initiated a score of public works to beautify the city of Constantinople. Constantinople has seen its share of wars, but it was and is a truly beautiful city. One such example that stands today is the Hagia Sophia (click the name!).
The Hagia Sophia is a truly magnificent building. This is a modern depiction; the Sophia as it was when it was built did not have the minarets. The minarets are a later addition to the church, added by Islamic peoples when they conquered Constantinople and converted the church into a mosque.
The Hagia Sophia is a beautiful example of the impact that Jusinian’s reforms had on the city of Constantinople
On to the other emperors
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Back to the question
Think “something a little more official”.
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This quiz will only be five questions, taken from all of the information given. Hopefully you are able to answer all five, but you should at least be able to get 4. If you don’t feel like you are ready to take the quiz, then click the button and it will take you back to the very first slide in the whole activity. If you think you are ready, click the ready button
That’s it. That’s all there is to it. I hope you’ve enjoyed learning about great Romans like Diocletian, Constantine, and Justinian.
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