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Ch 8: History of the Fall of Rome

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Use these short lessons to learn more about the people and events that led to the fall of Rome. This chapter can serve as a homework study guide or a supplemental resource to your world history textbook.

History of the Fall of Rome - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you'll learn about the rise and fall of different powers in ancient Rome. Instructors take you through the emergence of various empires, explaining the contributions and characteristics of each. You'll also be exposed to elements and examples of early Christian art and architecture, as well as the history of their development. Each lesson is short and comes with a multiple-choice quiz so you can test your knowledge before moving on. Use this chapter to learn the following:

  • Who was Augustus Caesar and what were some events of his reign
  • What leaders were part of the Julio-Claudian Dynasty
  • What happened during the Year of the Four Emperors
  • Who were the emperor of the Nervan-Antonine Dynasty
  • What were the leaders of the Severan Dynasty like
  • What was the 3rd Century Crisis
  • What caused the fall of Rome

7 Lessons in Chapter 8: History of the Fall of Rome
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.

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.

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