The Roman Empire was a major political and military power in Europe and the Mediterranean for over 700 years. The empire came to power after the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 BC and lasted until the fall of Constantinople in 1453. In its early years, Rome was ruled by kings. After the last king was overthrown in 509 BC, Rome became an oligarchy ruled by a senate which chose two consuls to rule over Rome for one year at a time. These consuls were elected by the people every year.
Roman Emperors are a common topic of interest in history, and for good reason. They were such an integral part of the Roman Empire that they shaped its culture and structure, as well as its demise. There were so many emperors that it can be difficult to keep them all straight! This article will break down each emperor’s reign so you can get a visual guide of who ruled when and why they mattered.
The Roman Empire was the largest empire in the history of the world. It lasted for over 500 years and this time period is called “The Middle Ages”. The fall of Rome began with a barbarian invasion in 476 AD, when Odoacer deposed Romulus Augustus, who was considered by some as an emperor without any real power.
There were seven emperors that followed him: Tiberius II Constantine IV Justin I Anastasius I Justinian (he became emperor after he won a civil war against other generals) Maurice Tiberius Phocas Heraclianus Constantine III Leontius Phocas’ rule ended after he had to step down due to illness and his son came back from exile where he had been hiding since his father’s death.
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