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the fall of rome


the roman empire at its heights the roman empire became huge it covered most of europe north africa and some os asia the empire reached its height under emperor Diocletian (284-302)AD
The decline begins 108 AD MARCUS Aurelius died his son COMMODUS took control of Rome Time Of disarray follows
Social Problems Taxes were too great many Rich people stopped paying people stopped attending school large number of people enslaved plage spread throughout Rome, killing 1 in 10
Military problems Military only in it for money (mercenaries) Weak Military unable to stop border invasions
Dividing the Empire CREATED 2 EMPIRES: Western and Eastern Westren empire: Turkey/ Asia and city of Byzantium
Constantine Constantine (312 AD) united the empire again under on ruler
CONSTANTINOPLE Constantine moved the capital from Rome to city of Byzantium City name changed to Constantinople (today is Istanbul)
Rome Invaded Ostroghts Visigoths Franks Vandals Saxons
Vandals Finally a german general named Odoacer defeade the western emperor Romulus Augustulus (14 years old, little Augustus)
The Fall Augustulus was defeated in 476 AD Western Empire was divided into many kingdoms that adopted many of the customs of Rome