SS Chapter 9 Section 2

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17 terms · The Fall of Rome

Marcus Aurelius

leader before Commodus ruled

Economy worsened because of a

weak government

Plague

a disease that spreads widely and kills many people.

Inflation

rapidly increasing prices

Emperor Diocletian

tried to establish reforms to improve the political situation.

Emperor Constantine

tried to stop the empire's decline. He moved the capital to Byzantium.

Byzantium later became known as

Constantinople

Theodosius

split the empire into Eastern and Western Roman Empire

Visigoths

feared the Huns and asked Rome for protection.

Battle of Adrianople

site where the Visigoths defeated the Romans

Germanic Groups

invaded the Roman territory

Alaric

Visigoth leader who captured the city of Rome and burned it.

Vandals

overpowered Romans in Spain and Northern Africa

Odoacer

Germanic leader who took control of Rome's government to mark the end of the Western Roman Empire.

Visigoths killed Odoacer and set up a kingdom

in Italy.

The Eastern Roman Empire became known as:

the Byzantine Empire

Empress Theodora

came from a theatrical family.

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