The%20Fall%20of%20Rome%20-%20Problems%20of%20%20Evidence%20and%20Interpretation%20%284%20October%202

The%20Fall%20of%20Rome%20-%20Problems%20of%20%20Evidence%20and%20Interpretation%20%284%20October%202

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H ISTORY 140/141 * F ALL 2007 C AROL S YMES Thursday, 4 October 2007 “The Fall of Rome”: Problems of Evidence and Interpretation W HICH E VENT ( S ) MARK THE “F ALL OF R OME ”? 378 the Visigoths (“west Goths”) defeat a Roman army at the Battle of Adrianople – Perspectives , 280-285 391 Christianity becomes official state religion under Theodosius I; others religions declared illegal 410 attacks on Roman cities in Gaul require the removal of Roman legions from Britain the Visigoths sack Rome: St. Augustine writes The City of God – see Perspectives , 290-296 451 the patriarch of Rome, Leo I, claims the universal supremacy of Rome over the churches of the Empire, notably that of Constantinople: the split between the Latin “Roman” Catholic Church and the Greek Eastern “Orthodox” Church widens 476 traditional date assigned to the “fall of Rome” in the West: Odoacer, commander of the Ostrogoths (“east Goths”) deposes Romulus Augustulus (“little Romulus Augustus”) 493 Theodoric the Ostrogoth establishes a kingdom in Italy, representing himself as the heir to Rome 529 Justinian closes the Academy at Athens and forbids pagan teachers to offer instruction he also begins his codification of Roman law, employing 17 jurists to systematize a thousand years of Roman legislation 572 the Lombards conquer northern Italy and destroy its fragile hybrid of Roman-Gothic culture 610 wars between Byzantium and Sassanid Persia threaten Constantinople and the Eastern Empire 622 Muhammad’s journey from Mecca to Medina marks the Hijra: the beginnings of a discernible concept of religious community later known as “Islam” 632 the death of Muhammad at Medina: by 651, his Muslim followers will have conquered Persia,
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This note was uploaded on 09/02/2010 for the course HIST 141 taught by Professor Crowston during the Fall '06 term at University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.

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