The Roman Empire And The Middle Ages Essay

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The Roman Empire in the Middle Ages is predominantly known for its religious reforms and impact on the history of the religious community as a whole. However most of the standards and ideals that are so strongly relied upon from this era descend from the earlier pre-christian Roman Empire. One of the first major initiatives in the religious aspect of the Roman Empire is the signing of the Edict of Milan by Emperor Constantine the Great in the West and Licinius Augustus in the East.
The Edict of Milan was a letter issued in 313 AD by the emperors Constantine and Licinius proclaiming religious toleration in the Roman Empire; therefore marking the end of persecutions of Christians that had been implemented by the emperor Diocletian. The edict granted all persons the freedom to worship whatever deity they please, assured the Christians of legal rights and instructed the return of confiscated property to Christians. This freedom of christianity grew among the emperors, leading to the later Edict of Thessalonica in 380 AD. The Edict of Thessalonica, also known as Cunctos populos, ordered all subjects of the Roman Empire to profess the faith of the bishops of Rome and Alexandria, making Nicene Christianity the state religion of the Roman Empire. This strong perusal of Christianity in the Roman Empire led to the indifference of acceptance of religion in this era for the Empire. With the widespread implication of Nicene Christianity throughout the Empire came many beliefs that,…

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