Educator Resources for Fall of the Roman Empire

During the reign of Marcus Aurelius, Rome reached heights of art, culture, and commerce that the world had never seen before. Three hundred years later, the whole thing had collapsed. What happened? Find out in this BrainPOP movie on the fall of the Roman Empire. You’ll discover what the emperor Commodus did to de-stabilize the political order, as well as the roles that economic woes and military defeats played in the empire’s decline. You’ll find out why military generals make bad emperors, and why the empire split in two during the 3rd century. Finally, you’ll hear why some people think Rome actually never fell! So get off your high horse and watch this movie!

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