22-Fall of Rome - 9/22/10 Hist 151 Fall of Rome, Rise of...

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9/22/10 Hist 151 Fall of Rome, Rise of the Barbarians The passing of antiquity o Germanic invasions, ca. 350-550 o Rome’s political collapse, ca. 476 o “Barbarians” on Roman soil: conquest, adaptation, assimilation, ca. 400-600 Deteriorating political situation o The “barbarian” menace had gained new urgency with Asian developments o Battle of Adrianople (378): Beginning of the end of Rome, as Visigoths won a stunning victory over the emperor Valens. o Romans had always been aware of the Barbarians (brought some of them in and always fought some smaller wars to keep some of them out) Barbarians were able to know all about the Roman culture The Huns started moving westward forced the German troops to move south into parts of the Roman Empire Leads to the Battle of Adrianople o Where the Goths (Germans) defeat the Romans o Embarrassing loss for Romans o Saint Ambrose (d. 397) said of Adrianople: “The end of all humanity, the end of the world” Goths were Arian Christians
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This note was uploaded on 11/16/2010 for the course HIST 151 taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '10 term at City College of San Francisco.

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22-Fall of Rome - 9/22/10 Hist 151 Fall of Rome, Rise of...

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