Ch 10: GACE History: The Fall of the Roman Empire

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Let us show you all the important highlights regarding the fall of the Roman Empire, in preparation for the GACE History Exam. The video lessons and self-assessment quizzes give you multiple methods for preparing to correctly answer test questions about this period in history.

GACE History: The Fall of the Roman Empire - Chapter Summary

The lessons that make up this chapter can form the backbone of your studying efforts for the GACE History Exam's questions on the Roman Empire's rise and fall. The videos review all the topics you need to know about, including:

  • The early Roman Empire and Augustus Caesar
  • Augustus' propagandists
  • The emperors of the Early Roman Empire
  • Division of the Roman Empire
  • The conversion of Constantine
  • Justinian's code of law and emperors after Constantine
  • The fall of Rome
  • St Augustine's City of God
  • Early Christian art and architecture

Our expert instructors present the details relating to the fall of the Roman Empire, to help you prepare for the test. You'll find a jump feature in each video's timeline, which lets you easily review key points from the videos. A chapter exam concludes this chapter so you can quickly gauge your knowledge of the fall of the Roman Empire. Having several didactic strategies makes the learning process more effective and more enjoyable.

Objectives of the GACE History: The Fall of the Roman Empire Chapter

The GACE History Exam is a standardized, two-part evaluation of your knowledge and understanding of the full range of topics within the field of history. You will need a passing grade to be eligible for a teacher's license in the state of Georgia. The topics in The Fall of the Roman Empire chapter are part of Test I, Subarea I: World History to 1450 CE. This subarea makes up 40% of the test questions. By taking the self-assessment quizzes, you can see how well you have mastered the material and practice answering questions like the ones on the test.

All of the test questions are of the selected-response variety. You will read a passage or question and then see several possible answers presented. From these, you need to select the single correct choice.

13 Lessons in Chapter 10: GACE History: The Fall of the Roman Empire
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The Early Roman Empire and the Reign of Augustus Caesar

1. The Early Roman Empire and the Reign of Augustus Caesar

This lesson is about Augustus, the first emperor of Rome. In this lesson we follow Augustus's meteoric rise to power, the collapse of the Roman Republic, and the rise of the Roman Empire.

Augustus' Propagandists: Virgil, Horace and Ovid

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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 Conversion of Constantine and the Ascent of Christianity

8. The Conversion of Constantine and the Ascent of Christianity

This lesson will explain the conversion of Constantine and the ascent of Christianity. In doing this, it will highlight the Edict of Milan and the famous Council of Nicaea.

Justinian's Code of Law and Roman Emperors After Constantine

9. Justinian's Code of Law and Roman Emperors After Constantine

This lesson will highlight the emperors after Constantine. It will specifically explore the reign of Justinian and the famous Justinian code of law. It will also discuss the Apostate and the battle of Adrianople.

The Fall of Rome

10. 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.

St. Augustine's City of God

11. St. Augustine's City of God

This lesson explores the life of St. Augustine and one his most famous works, The City of God. As we explore this work, we'll highlight Rome's disdain for the Christian faith and Augustine's argument against Rome's religious position.

Early Christian Art: History, Characteristics & Symbolism

12. Early Christian Art: History, Characteristics & Symbolism

This lesson covers the development of early Christian art. We begin in the catacombs of Rome, looking at early Christian frescoes. We then move to later sarcophagi. A brief survey of early Christian mosaics follows, and we close with the fine art of illuminated manuscripts.

Early Christian Architecture: Examples, History & Characteristics

13. Early Christian Architecture: Examples, History & Characteristics

Christianity managed to exist for hundreds of years before becoming the official religion of Rome. In this lesson, we'll take a look at the early architecture of the Christian church.

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