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Unformatted text preview: STUDY QUESTIONS FOR EUH 3121 FALL OF ROME, BIRTH OF EUROPE DISCUSSION 2 Spring, 2007 Procopius of Caesarea on Alaric's Sack of Rome 1. How does this account portray the Visigoths? This account portrays the Visigoths to be a strong and independent group. They separated from the others and although they had originally had an alliance with the emperor, but when Alaric became leader they became hostile toward the emperors. This article also shows how Alaric was also a very tactful leader. When Alaric sends his young soldiers into the empire as slaves so that the Visigoths can attack, this make Rome look very gullible. It makes it even worse knowing that the emperor suspected an attack and didn't try to defend Rome, he sought refuge in Ravenna. 2. What does this reading suggest about the "fall" of Rome? This suggests that the fall of Rome wasn't very tragic or sudden. The articles says that the people of Rome were suffering. There wasn't enough food and the economy was very poor. Rome also at this time lost the island of Brittania, they were already weakening when Alaric attacked....
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- Spring '07