The collapse of the Western Roman Empire (395-c.500)
The collapse of the Western Roman Empire (395-c.500)

Why the West? For the century since Diocletian, generally capable and energetic emperors had ruled the empire. However, the death of Theodos...

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Diocletian's reforms & the later Roman Empire (284-395)
Diocletian's reforms & the later Roman Empire (284-395)

When Diocletian took the throne in 284, he found an empire in shambles from 50 years of civil wars, invasions, and plague.  The population...

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The near collapse of the Roman Empire (160-284 CE)
The near collapse of the Roman Empire (160-284 CE)

Enrich the troops...Nothing else matters — Emperor Septimius Severus, to his sons from his deathbed Why a society goes into decline and ev...

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The Consolidation of the Germanic Threat (c.100-300C.E.)
The Consolidation of the Germanic Threat (c.100-300C.E.)

The invasions of the Roman Empire by Germanic tribes starting c.160C.E. seems in hindsight like a sudden eruption of a brand new threat.  ...

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The Pax Romana & spread of Roman civilization
The Pax Romana & spread of Roman civilization

One of the greatest legacies of the Pax Romana was the spread of Roman culture to Western Europe. Roman rule in the semi-civilized areas of...

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The Fall of the Roman Republic (133-31 BCE)
The Fall of the Roman Republic (133-31 BCE)

The city's life is for sale, and it would kill itself if it could find a buyer — Jugurtha of Numidia Pattern of decline Rome's fai...

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The Augustan Principate (31 BCE-160 CE)
The Augustan Principate (31 BCE-160 CE)

Octavian's victory over Antony and Cleopatra ended a century of civil turmoil and decay.  When he returned to Rome in triumph in 29...

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The problems of Empire
The problems of Empire

Success often carries with it the seeds of its own destruction, and that was certainly the case with the Roman republic by the late se...

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The Flow of Power in the Roman Republic
The Flow of Power in the Roman Republic

Many of the problems of the late Roman Republic came from how a small number of powerful men were able to manipulate power and turn what l...

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Further expansion of Roman Power (200-133 BCE)
Further expansion of Roman Power (200-133 BCE)

Like it or not, (and many Romans did not), Rome was now a Mediterranean power.  This involved it in an ever-widening circle of affairs tha...

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Rome versus Carthage of The Punic wars (264-201 BCE)
Rome versus Carthage of The Punic wars (264-201 BCE)

The First Punic War(264-241 B.C.E.) Rome's first overseas wars were against Carthage on the coast of North Africa, the largest, mos...

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The Roman conquest of the Mediterranean (264-133 BCE)
The Roman conquest of the Mediterranean (264-133 BCE)

Just as Rome got caught up in a cycle of expansion that led to the conquest of Italy, it experienced another such cycle that led to th...

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The Roman conquest of Italy (c.500-265 BCE)
The Roman conquest of Italy (c.500-265 BCE)

Rome's pattern of conquest Except for the brief interruption of the Gallic disaster, Roman expansion in Italy was almost uninterrup...

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The Impact of Geography on Ancient Italy
The Impact of Geography on Ancient Italy

Introduction When we think of the Greeks, we think of a bold, intelligent people who gave us so much in the way of art, architecture, d...

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