Essay Topic 1
In Chapter 1, it is stated that Rome fell gradually and that, although previous barbarian threats from Gaul were able to be dealt with, Rome was in such decline that when the Germanic tribes invaded they overwhelmed Rome. Please analyze, using examples from the text, what is believed to have caused the decline of Rome and why this decline caused the barbarians to defeat the Romans.
Essay Topic 2
Chapter 1 also states that the barbarians invaded Rome because they were transitioning from a hunter-gatherer society to an agricultural society. Please write an essay that compares and contrasts the characteristics of a hunter-gatherer society with those of an agricultural society.
Essay Topic 3
Describe the role of the curiles (tax collectors) in maintaining the Pax Romana. Explain how they came into being, what was expected of them, and why their job became a "cruel trap." Support your answer from the...
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