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The Dark Ages Video 21:56 o 410 AD Rome Falls Invaded by the Visigoths Terrifying barbarians from the northern frontier Alaric The head of the Visigoths Was once a solider in the Roman Army 408 AD Alaric and his army arrived at the doorstep of Rome He wanted wealth and food Alaric’s men surrounded Rome and blocked all food from going into the city Starved Rome Finally after 2 years Rome couldn’t take it any more and they let Alaric in Alaric found treasure but no food so he left Rome after 3 days Alaric died of fever o 3 rd  Century AD The empire had fallen into the hands of a series if inept emperors In a period of 50 years of a dozen emperors were assassinated Disease ravaged Rome Small Pox and Measles were introduced
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Caused the Roman guard to loose many men Had to hire foreign mercenaries / barbarians These mercenaries were treated badly They rebelled Wave after wave of rebellious barbarians attacked Rome Rome was shattered and the Dark Ages had begun The next seven centuries would be a very dark time Disease, war, illiteracy, ect. Ravaged the land o 5 th  Century AD Dark Ages had begun o Aqueducts stop working Houses became less and less expensive Great monuments of Rome were quarried for quick building materials The Coliseum became a landfill and  haven for animals Settlers pick apart Rome for this houses Europe was politically fragmented o Different source of unity To the people of the Dark Ages in Europe, the new Emperor  was Jesus King Clovis of the Franks became a Christian from being a Pagan United his people through religion
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Each of these little territories was taken over by Germanic people Security and order of these people was destroyed Civil War was common o Christianity From a few to now a flock of millions Christians were once badly persecuted Constantine converted to Christianity due to him having a vision during battle that he felt  helped him win Many people now converted to Christianity King Clovis of the Franks Thought he could spread his power through the people’s souls He converted because he got a better set of allies Had trouble being a pacifist Did little to quench his thirst for blood Now he began to fight “holy” wars Took a section of the Rhine dealt and plundered surrounding tribes for treasure and  troops Had a recruitment policy to gather conquered men and incorporated them into his own  army Emerged as a supreme ruler over modern day France and created a new dynasty of  Merovingian Wanted to protect his blood line Had any relatives killed so that he wouldn’t have to give his land up after he died
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This note was uploaded on 10/10/2011 for the course PHIL 160 taught by Professor Coakley during the Spring '11 term at University of Arizona- Tucson.

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