Christianity in Rome

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In History
  • -1 BCE

    Jesus of Nazareth

    Jesus of Nazareth
    Jesus of Nazareth is Jesus's full name. He is the god of Christianity.
    - Jesus was born to a family from a village called Nazareth, near the Sea of Galilee
    - Tiberius was the ruler when Jesus was born
    - In his lifetime Jesus was called Jesus son of Joseph but after his death he came to be called Jesus Christ
    - Jesus was the god in the monotheistic religion of Christianity which was persecuted for a long time
    - His disciples converted others to belief in him, which led to Christianity
  • 33

    Paul of Tarsus

    Paul of Tarsus
    Paul of Tarsus (St. Paul) or Paul the Apostle was an apostle who taught the gospel of Christ. He spread the word of Jesus
    - He was born in Tarsus, Turkey which is obviously how he received part of his name
    - Paul traveled thousands of miles around the Mediterranean just to spread the word of Jesus
    - He opened a doctrine that turned Christianity worldwide
    - Made it more comfortable for people to express their beliefs in Christianity
    - He died in either 64 or 67 CE from decapitation, Nero's orders
  • 64

    Great Fire of Rome

    Great Fire of Rome
    This event was the most destructive part of Christianity persecution.
    - Nero was under power at the time and might have fiddled while Rome burned and panicked
    - Started in merchant shops of the Circus Maximus
    - The fire burned for six days, burning two thirds of Rome
    - Nero might have started the fire and used it for his good
    - 10 of Romes 14 districts were burned
  • 66

    Roman Rule of Israel

    Roman Rule of Israel
    This was the the first Roman Jewish war and it took place in 66 CE.
    - There was a revolt because two of their emperors were banned from Jerusalem
    - The two Roman emperors that were banned from Jerusalem were Vespasian and Titus
    - After the Siege of Jerusalem there was always bad blood between Jerusalem and Rome
    - They took over Jerusalem because it held most Jews at the time
    - Ultimately a war was fought which resulting in Rome winning and destruction of Jerusalem and its Temple
  • 181

    Perpetua

    Perpetua
    Perpetua was a Christian martyr who wrote The Passion of Saints
    - Perpetua was born in 181 CE and died in 203 CE
    - Her diary was so influential that it was praised by orthodox Christians and heretical Montanists alike
  • 303

    Great Persecution of 303 CE

    Great Persecution of 303 CE
    This was the biggest persecution against Christians. Diocletian started this persecution.
    - Diocletian was the last emperor to heavily persecute Christians
    - Diocletian and many others did not like the idea of monotheism or only believing in one god
    - Many Christians were martyrs for their cause and hoped Christianity would eventually not be persecuted
    - Ended in 311 CE when the edict of toleration was made
    - Christians were burned and killed, just for their beliefs
  • 306

    Constantine the Great

    Constantine the Great
    Constantine the great was the first emperor to accept Christianity
    - Changed the capital from Rome to Constantinople
    - Constantinople was a place where Christianity was appreciated
    - Constantine the Great ruled from 306 CE to 337 CE
    - Soon after he stopped the persecution of Christianity, Christianity became the main religion of Rome
    - He created the Edict of Milan and it said that Christians could believe what they wanted.
  • 312

    Battle of Milvian Bridge

    Battle of Milvian Bridge
    The Battle of Milvian Bridge was a battle that lead Constantine to be Rome's main leader
    - Took place on top of a bridge overlooking the Tiber River
    - This war really helped prove that Christianity should be the main religion in Rome
    - On 27 October, the night before the battle, it is said that Constantine had a dream
    - His dream was the sun with and below it said in "hoc signo vince"
    - Hoc signo vince means "In this sign, prevail" this persuaded him
  • 313

    Edict of Milan

    Edict of Milan
    This letter let Christians express their beliefs without being persecuted.
    - The Edict of Milan was a letter signed by the Roman emperors that agreed to religious toleration.
    - Without this who know where Christianity would be today
    - This was the game changer for Christianity and where it really took off
    - Constantine and Licinius were the two emperors that signed the Edict of Milan
    - It was the outcome of a political agreement concluded in Mediolanum (modern Milan)
  • 379

    Emperor Theodosius

    Emperor Theodosius
    Theodosius the first made Christianity the main religion in Rome.
    - He ruled sixteen years from 379 CE to 395 CE
    - Theodosius was seen as Theodosius the Great since he started the Edict of Thessalonica
    - The Edict of Thessalonica was basically the rule that allowed Christianity to be the main religion
    - Theodosius really believed in Nicene Christianity so he specifically made it the main religion
    - Theodosius was also the last ruler of east and west