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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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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.
christianity1
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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