1. Discuss the three inheritors of the Roman Empire: the Byzantine East, the Latin West, and Islam. What did these societies entail and how did they emerge from the chaos of the collapse of the Roman state? How did these three interact? What problems did they face and what successes did each achieve? Which of these three was the most successful in the Middle Ages?

2Detail the events surrounding the fall of the Roman Empire. What problems had beset the empire and how did the Romans try to correct them? Why did the eastern empire survive while the western half fell? What could have been done to prevent the fall of Rome?