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SS Chapter 9 Section 2

The Fall of Rome
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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.