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Ch 15: Fall of the Roman Empire

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Watch video lessons to learn what caused the Roman Empire to fall. Short quizzes accompany each lesson so that you can check your understanding of the chapter's topics.

Fall of the Roman Empire - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

What goes up must come down -- even when it's the mighty Roman Empire. Its fall didn't happen overnight; instead, a number of factors were at play in the gradual demise of the empire. In this chapter, you'll learn about those factors as well as the challenges faced by several Roman leaders. You will also explore the legacy of the Roman Empire. By studying the video lessons, you'll get details on topics such as:

  • How propaganda played a role in Augustus' rise to power
  • What events defined the Year of the Four Emperors
  • How the empire survived the 3rd Century Crisis
  • What factors contributed to the Roman Empire's fall
  • How Roman culture impacted modern civilization

VideoObjective
Augustus' Propagandists: Virgil, Horace and OvidDiscover how the poetry of Virgil, Horace and Ovid supported the rule of Augustus.
Emperors of the Julio-Claudian DynastyExplore the impact of the five Julio-Claudian emperors on the empire.
The Year of the Four Emperors & the Flavian DynastyExamine the rule of the Flavian Dynasty's emperors.
The Five Good Emperors of Rome & the Nervan-Antonine DynastySee how the Nervan-Antonine Dynasty brought stability to the Roman Empire.
Emperors of the Severan DynastyTake a look at the positive and negative effects the Severan Dynasty emperors had on Rome.
Division of the Roman Empire: Diocletian & the 3rd Century CrisisLearn what caused the 3rd Century Crisis and Diocletian's role in getting the empire to pull through.
The Fall of RomeGet details on the multiple factors that led to Rome's decline and ultimate fall.
Ancient Roman Culture & Its Influence on Modern LifeExamine the achievements of Ancient Roman culture and their long-lasting impacts.

8 Lessons in Chapter 15: Fall of the Roman Empire
Augustus' Propagandists: Virgil, Horace and Ovid

1. Augustus' Propagandists: Virgil, Horace and Ovid

This lesson explores the role of poetry in Augustus' rise to power. We look at the contributions of Virgil and Horace, two poets brought to Augustus' aid by his friend Maecenas. We also look at the legacy of Ovid, a poet who seems to have raised the emperor's ire.

Emperors of the Julio-Claudian Dynasty

2. Emperors of the Julio-Claudian Dynasty

This lesson will explain the soap opera-like reign of the Julio-Claudian Dynasty. Highlighting the reigns of Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, and Nero, it will shed light on the Roman Empire's first ruling dynasty.

The Year of the Four Emperors & the Flavian Dynasty

3. The Year of the Four Emperors & the Flavian Dynasty

This lesson will explore the famous Flavian emperors: Vespasian, Titus, and Domitian. It will explain how this dynasty came to power during the Year of the Four Emperors. It will also highlight the details of each emperor's reign.

The Five Good Emperors of Rome & the Nervan-Antonine Dynasty

4. The Five Good Emperors of Rome & the Nervan-Antonine Dynasty

This lesson will identify the emperors of the Nervan-Antonine Dynasty. It will explain the rule of the Five Good Emperors of the era, while also highlighting the rule of Commodus, the last of the dynasty's emperors.

Emperors of the Severan Dynasty

5. Emperors of the Severan Dynasty

This lesson focuses on the Severan Dynasty, which ruled Rome from 193 CE to 235 CE. Although the lesson explains the military and social reforms of this dynasty, it also highlights the outlandish personalities of the individual rulers.

Division of the Roman Empire: Diocletian & the 3rd Century Crisis

6. Division of the Roman Empire: Diocletian & the 3rd Century Crisis

This lesson will explain the 3rd Century Crisis of the Roman Empire. It will focus on the political, civil and economic problems that caused the crisis, and will also highlight the role of Diocletian in the resolution of the crisis.

The Fall of Rome

7. The Fall of Rome

This lesson explains the gradual fall of Rome. In doing so, it highlights corruption, division, and outside invasion as the main reasons for the fall of the Eternal City.

Ancient Roman Culture & Its Influence on Modern Life

8. Ancient Roman Culture & Its Influence on Modern Life

From religion and laws to language and more, the Romans have had an enormous impact on the development of Western culture. This lesson details a few of the more prominent points of the Roman legacy.

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