Rise of Christianity in the Roman Empire

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  • -4 BCE

    Jesus of Nazareth

    Jesus of Nazareth
    Jesus is the foundation of Christianity, and the Messiah of Judaism. He was born to virgin Mary, by what many believe, the Holy Spirit. The ministry of Jesus began when he was 12 and when he was found answering the questions of Rabbis. His miracles are found in all 4 gospels, beginning with him turning water into wine.The ministry of Jesus contains many messages about how to live a righteous life.Some believe that Jesus judges the living and dead before or after their Resurrection.
  • 64

    Great Fire of Rome

    Great Fire of Rome
    A fire broke out among the shops lining great Circus Maximus.The flames raged for 6 days before it was taken care of. 2/3 of Rome had been destroyed, and when the smoke cleared, 10 of Rome's 14 districts were gone, 2/3 of Rome was also destroyed. Some Ancient Historians believed that Nero himself set Circus Maximus on fire. Other Historians believed that the poor wooden structures were the cause of the fire. Nero believed that the fire was caused by Christians.
  • 67

    Paul of Tarsus

    Paul of Tarsus
    Paul was an historical figure for Christianity. Paul was the first to use 'the gospel' in connection with the teaching of Christ. Paul wrote passages in the whole of the Bible to justify homophobia and slavery. Before he converted, he heavily persecuted the followers of Jesus.He was a tent maker by trade, was an avid student under the top Jewish teacher in Jerusalem and was also a Roman citizen. Paul converted on the road to Damascus to spread the word of Jesus.
  • 70

    Roman Rule in Israel(Begins)

    Roman Rule in Israel(Begins)
    Due to the Jews being economically exploited, the first Jewish revolt and the Jewish-Roman war would begin.These wars would prove the demise of the Jewish self-right to political rule in the province of Judea. The 1st Jewish-Roman war was caused by Roman policy.After the Romans ruptured the walls of Jerusalem, signalling the end of the conflict, they began to use the usual systematic dictatorship and ways of dealing with rebellions.It is estimated that 1 million Jews lost their lives.
  • 182

    Perpetua

    Perpetua
    Perpetua was drawn by the Christain community in Carthage(2nd Century AD).After 201, the Roman emperor Septimius Severus forbade conversion to Christianity and in 203 the governor of Carthage, Hilarian, enforced this edict. Perpetua and 4 others were arrested.They refused to give up their Christain faith and were condemned to death.In Perpetua's diary, most of the text were her prison dreams offering visions of going to heaven.
  • 303

    Great Persecution

    Great Persecution
    The Great Persecution was most harsh and last persecution against the Christians. This was because Diocletian desired to complete unity and rescinded Christian's rights until they complied with traditional religion practices. Christians had always been discriminated in Rome. This persecution targeted senior clerics and church property. When Galerius took over control of the eastern half of the Empire, he continued the persecution until AD 31.
  • 306

    Constantine the Great

    Constantine the Great
    When his father became ill Constantine was named as Emporer of the western portion of the Roman Empire. He stopped the persecution of Christians in his territory and expanded on his portion of Rome. Before going to war with Maxetinus he realized that his army was half the size of Maxentius' army and had his soldiers paint crosses on their shields and destroyed Maxentius under the power of faith and God. In 324 he defeated Licinius to become ruler of a united Rome. Son of Flavius Constantius.
  • 312

    Battle of Milivan Bridge

    Battle of Milivan Bridge
    The cause of the battle was the five-year-long dispute between Constantine and Maxentius over control of the Western Roman Empire. Maxentius had a 4:1 soldier advantage over Constantine. However, Constantine put the labrum symbol on his soldier's shield, and somehow won. Constantine began to push Maxentius' army back toward the Tiber, and Maxentius decided to retreat. Constantine credited his victory at the Milvian Bridge to the god of the Christians and credited the Christian Gods.
  • 313

    Edict of Milan

    Edict of Milan
    Edict of Milan was the proclamation that permanently established religious toleration for Christianity within the Roman Empire.It was the outcome of a political agreement concluded in modern Milan between Constantine and Licinius. This granted all people to worship whatever gods they wanted. With the Edict of Milan, there began a period when Constantine granted favors to the Christian Church and its members.It did not make Christianity an official religion in the empire, but legalized it instead
  • 379

    Emperor Theodosius

    Emperor Theodosius
    Theodosius was the last emperor to rule the Roman empire before it split into East and West.Made emperor because of his military abilities, he settled the long-standing Gothic problem by allowing the Goths to settle South of the Danube as allies of Rome. He also stopped any further persecution against Christians and made Christianity legal. He ceased any state sponsorship of paganism and put some restrictions on public sacrifice. He reunited the Eastern and Western halves of the Roman Empire.