ANCIENT ROME 12/6/17

ROME’S LEGACY

The Roman Empire was largest around 117 AD
Inventions & innovations attributed to Romans during this time
Aqueducts, cement, magnifying glass, cosmetics, basis for our calendar

ENTERTAINMENT

During this time Romans often attended gladiator games as entertainment
Took place in the Colosseum
Featured bloody battles that were fought to the death
The winners continued to fight until they were freed or dead

Most gladiators were criminals, slaves, or war captives
They were often sold or traded between owners
Gladiators fought each other, trained military men, and/or animals
Romans gambled on the fights, and often decided your fate
Colosseum could hold up to 80,000 people

 

CONSTANTINE (306-337)

Brought sweeping change to religion in Rome
Previously, Christians were viewed as troublemakers and disloyal
However, Jesus taught to pay taxes and obey Rome’s rulers

RELIGIOUS CHANGES

Previously, Rome had mandated that all people worship Roman gods and participate in their rituals
Constantine was sympathetic to Christians
Constantine passed the Edict of Milan in 313
Law that ended state religion and encouraged religious tolerance (specifically towards Christianity)