07 - Outline Lecture 5—Imperial Crisis and Theological Debate 13:09:00 ← II The Disintegration of the Roman Empire • a Strains on the

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Unformatted text preview: Outline Lecture 5—Imperial Crisis and Theological Debate 17/04/2007 13:09:00 ← II) The Disintegration of the Roman Empire • a) Strains on the Imperial Infrastructure during 3 rd to 4 th century o i) Changing constitution of the army o ii) Breakdown of imperial bureaucracy established by Augustus Rome had reached limits of expansion No point for people to serve o iii) Absence of further expansion meant lack of incentive “Expansion was what had sustained Rome for so long” o iv) Breakdown of basic infrastructure Romans weren’t good at keeping reserve fund for emergencies Couldn’t b/c they kept appeasing masses 100 day festivals o v) Gibbon’s thesis Such a huge empire could not be effectively governed by one person How could Rome have sustained itself for so long? • b) Political Soution—Divide and Rule o i) Gradual shift towards split of empire 1) Diocletian’s introduction of “tetrarchy” in early 4 th century 2) Divided into East and West under Valentinian and Valens...
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This note was uploaded on 10/21/2008 for the course MMW 3 taught by Professor Chamberlain during the Spring '08 term at UCSD.

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07 - Outline Lecture 5—Imperial Crisis and Theological Debate 13:09:00 ← II The Disintegration of the Roman Empire • a Strains on the

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