Ch 30: HiSET: Fall of the Roman Empire

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This chapter uses entertaining videos to explain the fall of the Roman Empire topics you might find on the HiSET Social Studies test. If you have questions about the material, be sure to submit a question to one of our instructors.

HiSET: Fall of the Roman Empire - Chapter Summary

If you are preparing to take the HiSET Social Studies exam, these quick and engaging video lessons can help by explaining the history of the fall of the Roman Empire. This chapter covers:

  • Augustus Caesar and his propagandists
  • Christian art and architecture in the Roman Empire
  • The Julio-Claudian and Flavian Dynasties
  • The division of the Roman Empire in the 3rd century
  • Christianity and the conversion of Constantine
  • Post-Constantine Roman emperors

Each lesson offers a quick quiz so you can test your comprehension of the material. If you need help as you work through the lessons, submit a question to our instructors for additional support.

Objectives of the HiSET: Fall of the Roman Empire Chapter

The HiSET Social Studies exam covers four content categories. History accounts for 38% of your score, civics and government for 38%, economics for 18%, and geography for 6%. The material in this chapter covers the fall of the Roman Empire topics you might encounter while answering history questions on the test.

The test is seventy minutes in length and consists of fifty multiple-choice questions. The lesson quizzes in this chapter are modeled in the same format so you can get real practice answering test questions and build confidence before your exam.

10 Lessons in Chapter 30: HiSET: 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.

The Fall of Rome

9. 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.

Justinian's Code of Law and Roman Emperors After Constantine

10. 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.

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