Classical Conversations Cycle 1 Week 6


third century coinWhat went wrong with Rome’s system of taxation?

In the late third century, to pay for Rome’s very expensive military, taxes on land and property rose higher and higher, and eventually ruined Rome’s economy. To save money, Rome reduced the amount of silver in their coins, which in turn reduced its value. This was an early example of out-of-control inflation until Rome would not accept its own currency as payment for taxes. The commoners returned mainly to a barter system.

DiocletianWhy did Rome’s economy begin to decline?

Up until 284 A.D. Roman citizens had social mobility. They could marry into higher social classes and work up to a higher social class. However when Emperor Diocletian came to power in 284 A.D., he froze the social system and destroyed all incentives for productivity. The lower, free classes were locked into their lands and professions. Wealth became increasingly concentrated among a small number of prominent aristocrats. The economy was stagnant and did not encourage productivity or consumption.

slavery in RomeWhat role did slavery play in the Roman world? (image source)

Slaves in Rome were very common. They had no legal rights, but some, especially house slaves, were treated very well and were even afforded the opportunity to pay for their freedom. Some were educated and even served as tutors for their master’s children. However, the slaves who worked in industry lived a very hard life.

Disease in RomeWhat role did disease play in the history of Rome? (image source)

Rome had a superior sanitation system than any civilization of their time. They had aqueducts for plentiful water and a sewer system. However, due to lack of information about the causes of disease, Rome was vulnerable to plagues. An outbreak of malaria crippled Rome in the first century B.C. More deadly outbreaks followed with a deadly epidemic among livestock from contact with foreigners in 79 A.D., and other plagues in A.D. 125, 164, and 250. The fourth century brought more diseases into the region with the migration of the Huns and Goths. The reoccurring plagues and declining birth rate weakened the Romans’ military power and made them vulnerable to attacks.

Other Resources: Story of the World V. 1 Ch. 41 pp. 302-314; Everything You Need to Know About World History Homework pp.22-25; Kingfisher p. 80-81, p. 72-73, p. 108-109, p. 102-103; Mystery of History V. 2 L. 13, 14, 17, 21, 1-8


Major Groups of Vertebrates (image source)

Vertebrates – have a true backbone and are included in the phylum Chordata family.

vertebraesFish – live in water and breathe with gills, structures that filter oxygen from water.

Amphibians – have young that live in water until they are adults, and then they live on land.

Reptiles – lay their eggs on land and spend much of their time near water.

Mammals – warmblooded, they maintain a steady body temperature regardless of their environment, mostly covered in hair and feed their young on the mother’s milk.

Birds – warmblooded and lay eggs.


Other Resources: Everything You Need to Know about Science Homework pp. 16-17


Skip count the 11’s (starts at 32 seconds)


Skip count the 12’s



Prepositions (week 6 prepositions start at 21 seconds)



2nd Declension starts at 38 seconds



Roman Empire

Roman Empire


Other resources for the Roman Empire: Story of the World V. 1 Chapters 27-29 & 34-42

Fine Arts

Final Project! Duplicate a variety of drawings, compare the final project to the first completed drawings.

Click here to be taken to for more ideas on the final project. Scroll down to week 6 on her page!

Timeline (week 6 starts at 2 minute and 10 seconds)

History Timeline Song Video with Music Only – Classical Conversations from Eneldo on Vimeo.


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