The Decline and Fall of Ancient Rome

The Decline and Fall of Ancient Rome

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  • Ancient Rome Gets Very Large
  • Ancient Romes Economic Crisis
  • This Loaf of bread plus the grains will be 75 Roman coins!
  • But my mother only gave me 35!
  • Ancient Rome Splits Into Two
  • Rome shall split into Eastern and Western parts!
  • Around 117 AD Ancient Rome hit its peak of power. By then Rome had already taken over, Turkey, Isreal, Spain, France, Italy, northern Africa, southern Britain, and Egypt. Rome was beginning to get too large to manage.
  • Ancient Rome is Sacked
  • Rome is being invaded!
  • Because of overpopulation, Ancient Rome went through poor economic policies, which caused the military to become weak. When the military was weak, it was easier for enemies to attack Ancient Rome. This also led to food being overpriced, to pay back the government.
  • Romulus Augustus Gives Up
  • Give me your crown!
  • In 285 AD, an emperor by the name of Diocletian thought Rome was too big to rule, so he split Ancient Rome into Western and Eastern empires. The Eastern empire then became ruled by Constantinople and the Western empire remained as Rome.
  • Eastern Rome
  • Really? Then I'm also glad we were put here!
  • I'm glad we weren't apart of western Rome because apparently it fell and now has a new ruler.
  • In 476 AD, a barbarian Germanic tribe called the "Visigoths" Invaded Rome and stole lots of valuable loot. In the process, they killed several slaves and destroyed many buildings.
  • We are the Visigoths!
  • That same year, Romulus Augustus was forced to give up his crown by the Germanic barbarian and king of Italy, Odoacer. Many people (but mostly historians), consider this the end of Ancient Rome.
  • Fine!
  • After some split, the eastern part became the Byzantium empire and lived on for another 1000 years in Constantinople, until finally falling to the Ottoman empire in 1453.
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