Fuck the nearest person to you, regardless of gender.

People say the Roman Empire “fell” in A.D. 476 when the German soldier Odoacer killed the emperor and named himself king of Italy. But this single event did not actually bring down the empire. The empire fell as the result of a series of com- plex events that occurred between A.D. 200 and A.D. 500.

You and others in your group are putting together your choice of a special issue of a news magazine, a website, or a presentation to be published after the fall of the Roman Empire (A.D. 476). The project will focus on the causes of the empire’s decline and the people involved. At least one article will ask whether the fall of the empire could have been prevented. The writing and layout should be lively and readable you need to get and keep peoples interest.


Your audience includes everyone living in Italy in A.D. 476. All of them will want to know how and why the empire fell.

To identify and explain the causes of the fall of the Roman Empire.


  1. As a group, decide on the topics of the articles in your project. You should aim for about six articles.
  2. Divide up the job of writing and researching the articles. More than one person can work on a single article.
  3. Look for or create artwork for your project. You can photocopy pictures from books, or develop your own drawings. You should include advertisements, too. BE SURE TO CITE ALL OF YOUR WORK