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Notes On The Roman Empire During Constantine, His Successors And The Decline Of The Roman Empire

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CONSTANTINE (312-337AD)•son of Contantius•became involved with a civil war• took army to Italy in 312 and came out victorious after battle at Milvian Bridge in Rome•Compromised with Licinius to share control•Converted to Christianity after he became after he became Augustus•All religions were allowed during his reign•Defeated Licinius when he began persecuting Christians, then became sole emperor•Built capital in 330 BC in modern day turkey called it ConstantinopleCONSTANTINES SUCCESSORS•After Constantine’s death his three sons divided the empire•Constantine II was killed in a battle and Constans and Constantius divided the empire between them•Great armies of Gaul and Danube almost got demolished during a battle between Constantius and a usurper•Julian, the successor of Constantius tried to unify the empire with paganism instead of Christianity•Died when trying to defend eastern borders against Persians•All successors of Julian were ChristiansTHE 5TH CENTURY INVASIONS•While roman emperors were worried about their empire and dynastic struggles (religion etc)•The Huns were invading western Europe•Since Huns fought on horse back, they easily defeated Germans•Romans allowed the Visigoths (western Germans) to refuge in the roman borders•Visigoths complained about the bureaucratic officials treating them badly•No action was taken•They rode in 378 and defeated imperial army (led by Valens at Adrianople)•Battles between Romans and Visigoths led to roman empire end in the west•Visigoths entered and destroyed Rome in 410•That brought a complete end to the western roman empire•In 476 Odoacer overthrew Romulus the last roman emperor and name himself king•Eastern part of empire survived until 1453 and is what we call Byzantine empireTHE DECLINE AND FALL OF Rome•Saint Augustine one of the first church father, wrote a book called “Rome’s fall in the city of god”•It was an analysis of Rome’s fall•Since then many writer wrote about the decline of Rome•There is no major reason why Rome declinedECONOMIC AND SOCIAL CONDITIONS•Rome suffered...

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