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Unformatted text preview: Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Problems External o Ar rival of the Germans Indo-Europeans who began to move from northern Europe and migrated south By the time of the Empire, the Germans were at the borders Liked to raid across the Roman borders, so Rome responded Many t ribes led by chieftains Basic social structure was the clans, clans formed into t ribes Men were warriors and hunters, everything else womans work They first enter the Roman empire as slaves, due to their size Began to settle along the frontiers of Rome Germans did not have a competing civilization, so when they entered, many became Christian, joined Army, tried to learn Latin, and adapted to some degree of Roman culture They become the most serious threat to the roman empire o Trouble with Persia Parthian Empire in the East Problem because the Romans cannot focus all of their resources on the Germans Internal o This is where Rome really declines o Loss of population, perhaps 25% between 250 and 400 AD...
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This note was uploaded on 03/29/2010 for the course HIST 1001 taught by Professor Sheehan during the Spring '08 term at LSU.
- Spring '08