H26 - Age of the Barbarians A Divided Empire 1. By 350 BCE,...

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Age of the Barbarians A Divided Empire 1. By 350 BCE, the Roman Empire decided that the best way to administer such a large area and control its massive borders was to divided in two. 2. One Emperor ruled in the East, the other in the West. 3. In time, this caused not only competition between the ruling emperors but also gave the so-called barbarians the ability to invade a strongly divided Empire. Goths 1. Visigoths and Ostrogoths were East Germanic Tribes. 2. Pressured by the Huns the Goths begged the Eastern Emperor for permission to resettle in Roman territory. 3. This was allowed with the provision that they disarm. 4. Corrupt Romans traded the starving immigrants’ bad food in exchange for children who were then sold into slavery. 5. The Goths finally rose up against this abuse in 378 CE. The Battle of Adrianople 1. The Eastern Empire marched against the rebellious tribes meeting them in battle at the city of Adrianople on August 9, 378 CE. 2. Victorious at Adrianople the Visigoths devastated the Balkans.
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3. As this occurred other Gothic tribes burst across the Danube in their wake. 4. The eastern border of the Empire was permanently breached. General Stilicho
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