Decline of Rome

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Decline of Rome

  1. 1. Decline of Rome
  2. 2. Agenda 4/16/07 <ul><li>New Seats… </li></ul><ul><li>Warm Up </li></ul><ul><li>Decline of Rome Activity </li></ul>
  3. 3. Warm Up <ul><li>Answer the following question with the munchkins at your table. </li></ul><ul><li>Question: What three things allowed the Roman Empire to prosper during Pax Romana?? Do we have them today? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Objectives <ul><li>Recognize the four main reasons the Roman Empire declined. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Main Idea <ul><li>The Roman Empire decline because of a breakdown in four areas: politics, social, economic, and military. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Where we were…Rome: 218 B.C.E.
  7. 7. Rome: 146 B.C.E.
  8. 8. Rome: 44 B.C.E.
  9. 9. Where we are…Rome: 192 C.E.
  10. 10. Roman Roads in Pax Romana
  11. 11. A. Political Breakdown <ul><li>235 C.E. last good emperor dies </li></ul><ul><li>Army Generals fight for power </li></ul><ul><li>Rome saw 22 emperors in 50 years!!! </li></ul><ul><li>No competent leader rises to take control </li></ul>
  12. 12. B. Social Breakdown <ul><li>Roman society lost their ideals – example? </li></ul><ul><li>Government officials took bribes </li></ul><ul><li>Wealthy citizens stopped paying taxes </li></ul><ul><li>People stopped going to school </li></ul><ul><li>Slavery becomes the main source of labor </li></ul>
  13. 13. C. Economic Breakdown <ul><li>1. Roman soldiers seize crops, farmers stop growing, hunger spreads </li></ul><ul><li>2. People stop buying goods, shops lose money </li></ul><ul><li>Plague – widely spreading disease killed 1/10 of the population </li></ul><ul><li>Inflation – prices increased rapidly , coins lose value, go back to barter system </li></ul>
  14. 14. What’s the deal with inflation?
  15. 15. D. Military Breakdown <ul><li>Legionary's steal their own people’s food </li></ul><ul><li>Invaders enter the empire </li></ul><ul><li>German tribes in the west raid towns </li></ul><ul><li>Persia enters the eastern empire </li></ul><ul><li>Government began using Germanic warriors inside the empire – a good idea? </li></ul>
  16. 19. D. So what…do we have these today? <ul><li>Roads? </li></ul><ul><li>Currency? </li></ul><ul><li>Aqueducts? </li></ul>
  17. 20. Central Arizona Aqueduct – 336 miles

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