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H6 W34 Review – The Fall of the Roman Empire & Why

          In the ancient days, when the Mongols were still a country, and the English and the French were fighting the Hundred Years’ war, the monumental Empire of Rome (at least the western half) collapsed.  It collapsed for many reasons – from invaders to the immoral culture Romans obtained in its later years.

The first reason it fell apart was that the empire was simply too big to be kept all you the emperor.  It’s kind of like there’s a bunch of people in the room and they all get one piece of candy – but you. You get handfuls, and everyone wants more candies so they try to take yours out of the large indent the middle of the room on the floor.  When you’re guarding one side, everyone rushes in on the other side.  They slowly get the candy until you have none left, and the hole becomes the storage for the guy with the most candy at present. Now imagine the other people in the room to be other countries and cultures and the chocolates to be land, slaves, and money, and the one hoarding the candy at first as Rome. That’s in short what happened to Rome – other cultures weakened it by attacking the borders and taking Rome’s money and the soldiers to be slaves.

While the other cultures attacked from outside, Rome was slowly destroying itself through its wholly debauched and self-centered mindset.  The reason for this was the emperors and politicians sometimes declared free food and Gladiatorial Games at the Coliseum or free baths for the day to curry favor, and the people got more and more used to getting free stuff so they just hung around the coliseum waiting for the next meal of free food.  Then they got used to that and didn’t cook for themselves so they got lazy and didn’t want to go fight wars when asked, decreasing the amount of soldiers in the army.  This led to the surrounding countries attacking more often and killing or enslaving more soldiers, ever lessening the number of soldiers.  Then the Vandals attacked and ransacked the city of Rome itself, breaking the last of the confidence in winning from the rest of the Western Roman Empire.

Both of these reasons are why the Western Roman Empire was decimated. Because of those reasons, Rome fell with almost no resistance when the Ostrogoths attacked.  The sheer likeness of us to the Romans is surprising and not good, especially in the immorality of culture.  If we keep up this pattern and develop a Roman way of thinking, we will be destroyed by Korea or China or any other enemies.

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H6W36 Final Review – History 6 Summary

In the past 18 weeks, I’ve studied many things, from the beginning of time up until the fall of the Western Roman Empire, to the Persians and Greeks, and even the Macedonians.  In the end, every thing that I studied can have some use within the now.  For we are adopting a Roman mindset of entitlement, laziness, and brutality.  In the end this will end up with America having the same fate as the eastern Roman Empire, or destruction.  On the other hand, if we adopt a somewhat Buddhist mindset of peace unless attacked then we won’t be attacked.  That doesn’t mean we all have to be Buddhists, it just means stop bombing Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, Libya and Syria – then they will stop ganging up via ISIS.  It’s that simple – peace is repaid with peace.

I also learned that America might not really be so safe a place to live – it’s still a young continent.  Therefore all those previous wars in the middle east and the Mediterranean area could come over to America and destroy us by just simply capturing Washington DC and we’re gone.  Then it’s all out and would become World War III because of everyone fighting over American soil.  The same with South America too, though I really hope they don’t destroy the jungles as they’re basically the last of their kind.

While we (don’t) hold that in consideration remember how all empires have always collapsed – looks like ours might from overspending and economic problems like bad presidents (consuls/emperors), corrupt congressmen (senators), and terrible, cruel lawmakers (more senators).

I say we should become more like unified modern Greeks, scientific, peaceful, and an overall pretty nice culture.  The Greeks were the ones who started half of the modern math forms we use today.  The Greeks were the ones who originally discovered other planets and other galaxies and stars.  The Greeks left a legacy in the physical and biological sciences like no other country.  Why can’t we leave a legacy at least something like that? We have the tech, we have the knowledge, we have the power. Why not?

Posted in 6th Grade, History 6

H6 W35 – The Time I had the Most Fun In History Class

         In the past 17.5 weeks, there have been many lectures, essays, and worksheets, but there has also been a lot of jokes, funny mistakes, and interesting facts to learn, like the time I misspelled Archimedes and put Arkimedes instead (I corrected it when I got the right slide), and the time Mr. Fish (my teacher) cracked a joke about Romulus.  A couple examples of interesting facts was that there was an ancient city called Mohenjo-Daro in far-off India (at least for me) or that Euclides estimated the circumference and area of the earth at 0 degrees latitude and X degrees longitude and vice versa.

 

In the end of this year, I hope to have more fun than any other time of the year, and it’s getting really close to halloween so I’m excited for that as well.  So have a great day, see you soon and bye for now!

Posted in 6th Grade, History 6

H6 W33 – Two Church Fathers

In the past week I learned about five different church fathers and the two I cover today are Augustine and Ambrose.

Augustine was a very young man when he converted, and he converted because of a  boyish chant he heard of “take up and read”, and when he took up his bible and read the first verse he saw, he converted.  The a little while later he was chosen as one of the candidates to be the bishop of Hippo and therefore took the priest Valerius’ place when he died.  While in this position he was able to write a coule books – one, called Confessions, was about his early life, and  he also wrote a book called City of God which contrasted the holy Heavenly city against an earthly one.

Ambrose is the other man.  He held a very high position later in life after he followed his father into politics and converted.  He actually converted vry young as he was born into a Christian family in 340 AD, and while he was young a swarm of bees landed on his face and left a drop of honey when they left.  His father took this to mean that he would have a tongue/ speaking style as sweet and smooth as honey.  Later on he followed his dad into politics and therefore gained a lot of populatrity, thus gaining him the ability to be named Pope of Milan, and then he wrote his books.

Both of these men were voluminous writers, founding fathers of the church, and very influential up to today.  See you next essay!

Posted in 6th Grade, History 6

H6 W32 – Crisis of the Third Century

Over one thousand eight hundred years ago, the Romans were in one of the deepest depressions on the planet from years of hyperinflation because of raised pay rates for legionnaires. Continue reading “H6 W32 – Crisis of the Third Century”

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H6 W30 – Roman Houses

In this lesson I learned about Roman houses; how they were built, how they were organized, and Plebian apartments.  The rich Patricians also had nice little summer retreats like those in Pompeii, which I posted about a little while ago.

The rich patrician houses were huge and luxurious with large yards in the middle of their houses, with a colonnaded vesta around it.  This yard could have a pool, or fountain, or statue, but it always had something in it.  This vesta always supported a second floor as well, containing the bedrooms and closets.  The stairs up were normally very inconspicuous, so they would have to show you the way upstairs.  The first floor around the vesta contained the kitchen, which Romans never really used[1], the living-room, and the guest reception area, as well as the dining area.  A little fun fact about meals in this dining-room is that when the slaves took away the course the guests just finished, the slaves take away the whole table.  When they came back they came back with a new table and the new course.

Now for the Plebian houses.  These were between looking like a train-wreck to an almost clean room, depending on how low the Plebe was.  Note I only say “room”, not “rooms”.  This is because the Plebes lived their lives pretty much in one room.  They also couldn’t use cooking fires as these oftentimes got out of control, burning whole city blocks.  This meant that they had to pay for hot food at a street vendor’s.

The rich peoples, however, also had a nice little villa out in the country, where they could get their minds off politics and do a little work for themselves.  They could also come out there and just take a break from the city.  They normally had their own little baths in their houses, giving them relaxation time.  The houses normally had only one floor, and on that they had a bathroom, a reception room, a dining-room, a kitchen, and a wellhouse.

These well-designed houses were weather resistant, strong, and comfortable, though sometimes small.  Some were long, some were round, some boxy, and some domed.  The architecture of the places itself is interesting, and this makes it all the more fun to study.

[1] Because cooking fires weren’t permitted; you can’t really cook anything without some type of heat source