Unit 5, Page 30 The Fall of Rome

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Unit 5, Page 30
The Fall of Rome

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,


Why Did Rome Fall?

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):

Wealthier Section

Western Half of Empire:

Poorer Section

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.

Military Contributes to Decline of Roman Empire

As the Roman Empire continued to face

threats from outside invasion, it faced

difficulty 1) raising funds to pay its soldiers

and 2) recruiting Roman soldiers into the

military. Therefore, the military_________


_____________________ into the military. These non-Roman soldiers did not feel the same loyalty to the Roman Empire as the Roman soldiers, which __________________________

___________________________________________________________ in the military.

Moral Decay Contributes to the Decline of the Roman Empire

An ___________________________

____________________ 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.

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