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Chapter 5 Section 5. Objectives:. Explain the Economic and Military Problems Evaluate the Reforms of Diocletian and Constantine Analyze the contribution of political instability to the decline of the empire Analyze the fall of the empire. The Decline. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


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Chapter 5Section 5Objectives:Explain the Economic and Military ProblemsEvaluate the Reforms of Diocletian and ConstantineAnalyze the contribution of political instability to the decline of the empireAnalyze the fall of the empireThe DeclineA terrible rumor had arrived from the West. Rome is besieged The city is taken which took the whole world-Jerome, Letters, J.Hillgarth, trans., 1986

Political UpheavalAfter the death of Marcus Aurelius in 180, a period of conflict and confusion followed.Following a series of civil wars, a military government under the Severan rulers restored order. After the Severan rulers there was a period of disorder that lasted for almost fifty years. (235-284)During this period, the ruler was whoever had enough military strength to seize control.During this time the empire was also troubled by a series of invasions.In the east, the Sassanid Persians made inroads into Roman territory.Germanic tribes poured into the Balkans, Gaul, and Spain.Economic and Military ProblemsNoticeable decline in trade and small industry.Labor shortage created by a plague affected both military recruitment and the economy.Farm production declined.Armies were needed, but financial strains made it difficult to pay and enlist soldiers.By the mid-third century, that state had to rely on hiring Germans to fight.Diocletian


The Reforms of Diocletian and ConstantineAt the end of the third and the beginning of the fourth centuries, the Roman empire gained a new lease on life through two emperors, Diocletian and Constantine.The empire was changed into a new state: The Late Roman empire.included a new government structure, rigid economic and social conditions, and a new state religion.Diocletian, who ruled from 284 to 305, believed the empire was too large for a single ruler.Divided the empire into four units.Constantine, who ruled from 306 to 337, continued and expanded the policies of Diocletian.Both enlarged the Roman bureaucracy.Hierarchy of officials at all levels of government.Army enlarged to 500,000 men with mobile units at the frontier.These reforms in military and social services drained most of the public funds.Population was not growing, so taxes could not be increased.To fight inflation-a rapid increase in prices- Diocletian issued a price edict in 301 that set wages and price controls for the entire empire.Edicts were also issued that forced people remain in their designated jobs.Free tenant farmers suffered greatly.Constantine began his reign in 306 and by 324 he was the sole ruler.His largest project was the construction of a new capital city in the east, on the site of the Greek city Byzantium on the shores of the Bosporus.The city was renamed Constantinople, now Istanbul, in modern day Turkey.

Constantinople was developed for defensive reasons and was strategically located.He referred to it as New Rome and enriched the city with a forum, large palaces, and a vast amphitheater.Constantinople would become the center of the eastern empire and one of the greatest cities in the world.

The FallIn general, the economic and social policies of Diocletian and Constantine were based on control.They were temporarily successful, but these policies would ultimately hurt the empire.The empire limped along for more than a century.After Constantine, the empire was divided into Eastern and Western parts.Capital of East? West?

Soon, one of these empires would fall.Closure:What did you learn today?Objectives:Analyze the fall of the empireThe FallThe western empire soon came under increasing pressure from invading Germanic tribes.Major breakthrough occurred in the west in the second half of the fourth century.The Huns, who came from Asia, moves into eastern Europe and put pressure of the Visigoths. The Visigoths, in turn, moved south and west, crossed the Danube River into Roman territories, and settled as Roman allies.However, they soon revolted, and the Roman attempt to stop the revolt at Adrianople in 378 led to a crushing defeat for the Romans.In 410, the Visigoths invaded Rome.Another group, the Vandals, poured into southern Spain and Africa, crossing from Africa into Italy and then Rome in 455.

In 476 the western emperor Romulus Augustulus was deposed by the Germanic head of the army.This is usually taken as the date of the fall of the western Empire.German kingdoms replaced the Western empire, but the Eastern Roman Empire, or the Byzantine Empire continued to thrive.

Many theories have been proposed to explain the decline and fall of the Roman Empire. They include the following:Christianitys emphasis on a spiritual kingdom weakened Roman military values.Traditional Roman values declined as non-Italians gained prominence in the empireLead poisoning through leaden water pipes and cups caused mental decline.Plague wiped out one-tenth of the populationRome failed to advance technologically because of slaveryRome was unable to put together a workable political system.There may be some truth in each of these theories, but all have been challenged.No single explanation can sufficiently explain such a complex event.ClassworkWorksheet 5-5Conclusion:What did you learn today?Homework:Assessment Questions Page 178 1,2,4,5,6Study for Quiz!