Roman Emperors- Contributions to Decline

By , April 12, 2013 2:46 pm

Was decline of the Roman Empire inevitable, or do “people make choices, and choices make history?

Process of the Project: 

  1. Take notes individually -please make sure that notes are in point-form and in your own words. You may divide up the areas of  research: CHW 3M Roman Emperors Note-taking Sheets
  2. As a group, decide what your overall theme is going to be (see title slide of Ms. G’s Tiberius PPT). This is a one sentence argument.
  3. Individually, create your own slides.
  4. Green type for not contributing to decline. Red type for contributing to decline.
  5. You must include your name on your own slide(s) and you must include sources on your slide(s).
  6. If you want to include visuals, make sure they are relevant to the information, not just decoration (see below).
  7. Be familiar enough with everyone’s slides because you will need to share the information with others.



CHW3M-Roman-Empire-Websites (April,2017)


Tiberius ( sample PPT with good and bad aspects – please note that a lot of the footnotes are NOT in correct format)


Groups 2019:

Competing for Best Emperor (least contributions to decline) and Worst Emperor (most contributions to decline). 

Nero: Lauren, Alex, Saleh, Salem

Trajan: Rebecca, Erika, Korosh

Hadrian: Liam,, Jessica, Josh

Diocletian: John, Annabel, Zac

Constantine: Nathan, Joe, Julian


Work periods: Fri. Nov. 8, Mon. Nov. 11, Tues. Nov. 12

Sharing of Information: Wed. Nov. 13, Thurs. Nov. 14 (no school for you on Fri. Nov. 15)

Rome Test: Mon. Nov. 18


Causes and Consequenceshow to sharpen and deepen your HTC argument with precise vocabulary


CHW3M_Causes_Decline_Rome_2019 (PPT with maps and graphic organizers to help you show decline)

Vocabulary of causation

long-term: underlying, contributed, facilitated, enabled, set the scene for, eventually led to, down the road, set the foundation for, set a precedent for, generated, produced, motivated, played a role in, promoted, was responsible for, induced…

short-term: triggered, catalyst, directly resulted in, immediately,  prompted, provoked, sparked, stimulated…

intended consequences (things that were meant to happen): on purpose, deliberate, desired outcomes, recognized, anticipated, expected, planned…

unintended consequences (things that were not foreseen): accidental, unforeseen, poorly thought through, blindly, unanticipated, unexpected, inadvertent…




TIPS for Image Searching:

  • You are looking for images to accompany what you are saying
  • You are not looking for decorations to make your slides look pretty
  • You don’t want cartoons, drawings, doodles, or images from movies (these are other people’s interpretations of your event – no modern stuff, please)
  • You want primary sources (real-life objects from the time and place)
  • The website you search must be reliable (images must be described and dated – they should not just be floating there with no context for them – that would be an unreliable source)
  • Sometimes you cannot find an image that is a direct reference to what you are saying – here is where you have to be clever and creative in your searching*
  • Don’t overuse certain objects: busts and coins
  • Cite the website where the image originally came from, not the Google search you did

For my Tiberius PPT when I was looking for images for my infrastructure slide this is the process I went through:

  • *Knowing that Tiberius didn’t build a lot but that he did build barracks for the Praetorian Guard just outside Rome, I searched Praetorian Guard barracks – no luck.
  • I searched Praetorian Guard and found an object related to the guard


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