In _______ B.C.E., the Roman Emperor ________________ issued the Edict of Milan, which allowed freedom of religion. The effect of the Edict was that it made_______________________
_________________________________________________. Constantine’s mother and sister were both Christians, and __________________________________________________ as well.
Under the Emperor ______________________, Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire in 380 C.E. Over time, ____________________________________________
_____________________________________________________. The Church continued to become more _______________________, even as the Roman Empire started to _____________. The Church grew more important in terms of its number of followers and its influence in the Roman Empire. As the Roman Empire started to steadily decline due to internal and external problems,
Over a three hundred year period, the western part of the Roman Empire steadily declined because of external and internal problems. Eventually, the Empire would be split into two under the Emperor Diocletian.
Eastern Half of Empire (known as Byzantium):
Western Half of Empire:
While the __________________ portion of the Empire would continue to ______________, the ____________________ half of the Empire, which included the Italian peninsula, would _____________. There were a number of contributing factors to this decline, as described below.
Factors That Contributed to the Fall of Rome
Geographic Reasons for Decline Due to its immense size, the Roman Empire became difficult to ______________ and to _______________________.
The Roman Empire faced an increasing number of ________
____________________ on its borders, especially in the north.
Economic Reasons for Decline
The cost of ____________________ such a large empire became too costly.
Another economic factor that contributed to the decline of the Roman Empire was the continuing ____________ ______________ of the Roman currency. In other words, the value of the Roman Empire’s money continued to decrease.
____________________ and a _______ _______________________ contributed to the Empire’s moral decay. Additionally, _______________________________________________________________________________________________.___.
Political Reasons for Decline ___________________ ____________ and ______ ____________________
both contributed to the decline of Rome. Rome experienced the reign of five "Good Emperors" from 96 A.D. to 180 A.D. Following the death of the last Good Emperor (Marcus Aurelius), poor leadership, fighting and a lack of an orderly transition from one emperor to the next weakened the Empire.