Diocletian's settlement didn't save the Empire in the long run, but it did buy the Empire time for the Germanic tribes poised to the north to absorb some appreciation of Roman civilization. This lesson looks at the prolonged and final collapse of the Western Empire in the fifth century C.E. It includes a picture essay on the Battle of Adrianople which started the Western Empire's final demise and a series of maps I have developed to look at the various stages of the Empire's collapse.
This is a self-contained PowerPoint that develops slide by slide while other notes for the students scroll down the side. It can be run as a timed presentation on its own, presented slide by slide for discussion, or integrated into your other lectures. There are also extensive pictures with captions mixed in to illustrate the lesson and capture students’ interest. This packet also contains a student reading, flowchart, and the author’s own research notes which contain lots of details and interesting trivia to spice up your class.
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