Roman Empire History

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When did the fall of the Western Roman Empire conventionally mark the end of?

Classical antiquity

Who was the first Roman emperor of a monarchy with Rome as its sole capital?

Octavian

During which period did Rome reach its greatest territorial expanse?

Pax Romana

What marked the beginning of the Middle Ages according to conventional belief?

The fall of the Western Roman Empire

Who was responsible for the victory over Mark Antony and Cleopatra at the Battle of Actium?

Octavian

Under whose rule did a period of increasing trouble and decline begin?

Commodus

When did the Empire undergo a crisis that threatened its existence?

3rd century

Who reunified the Empire in the 3rd century?

Aurelian

In which year did the imperial seat move from Rome to Byzantium?

330

What event led to the decline of the Western Roman Empire?

All of the above

Which language evolved into the Romance languages?

Latin

Which city became the sole capital of the Eastern Roman Empire?

Constantinople

What impact did Roman and Greek art have on the Italian Renaissance?

Profound impact

Which historical period saw the transition from Republic to Empire for Rome?

1st century BC

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Roman Empire Timeline

  • The fall of the Western Roman Empire conventionally marks the end of Antiquity and the beginning of the Middle Ages.

Roman Emperors

  • Augustus was the first Roman emperor of a monarchy with Rome as its sole capital.

Territorial Expanse

  • Rome reached its greatest territorial expanse during the 2nd century.

Middle Ages

  • The conventional belief is that the Middle Ages began with the fall of the Western Roman Empire.

Battle of Actium

  • Octavian (later known as Augustus) was responsible for the victory over Mark Antony and Cleopatra at the Battle of Actium.

Decline of the Western Roman Empire

  • A period of increasing trouble and decline began under the rule of Commodus.

Crisis of the 3rd Century

  • The Empire underwent a crisis that threatened its existence during the 3rd century.

Reunification

  • Aurelian reunified the Empire in the 3rd century.

Imperial Seat

  • In 330 CE, the imperial seat moved from Rome to Byzantium (modern-day Istanbul).

Decline of the Western Roman Empire

  • The event that led to the decline of the Western Roman Empire was the continuous barbarian invasions and internal strife.

Language Evolution

  • Latin evolved into the Romance languages.

Eastern Roman Empire

  • Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul) became the sole capital of the Eastern Roman Empire.

Italian Renaissance

  • Roman and Greek art had a significant impact on the Italian Renaissance.

Transition from Republic to Empire

  • The historical period that saw the transition from Republic to Empire for Rome was the 1st century BCE.

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