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Unformatted text preview: declined (begin hiring German Soldiers and other noncitizens ), Loss of Civic Spirit, became harder to control , created openings for outsiders to come into the empire Invasions from Outside the Empire, Battle of Adrianople (378) – sign of western Roman army breaking down Collapse of the Roman Army in the West (410? Sackings of Rome 476?) Dependence on German Soldiers Economic Changes in the late Roman Empire Population Declined, Labor Problem, Reliance on Slaves Stagnation and Decline of Trade, Decline of Cities, Rise of Latifundia Cultural Changes Growing Interest in “Other World,” Rejection of Politics The Turn Away from Secular Ambitions? Mystery Religions in the Empire, Mithraism, Popularity Among Men and Lower Classes The Cult of Bacchus Neo-Platonism, Elites turn toward Otherworldly Philosophy Importance of Plotinus (205-270), Quest for Spiritual Knowledge The Context for the Spread of Christianity Stoicism, Mystery Religions, Neo-Platonism...
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- History, Empire Population Declined, Long Decline, successor Military- disorganization, Political- political weakness, Orderly Succession- emperors