The Roman Empire Essay

1374 Words Nov 20th, 2016 6 Pages
When someone looks Rome from the Cupola of the Vatican, one of the most prevalent landmarks they will see is the Coliseum, the ancient arena where many Christians were martyred. It is sufficed to say that without the influence of the Roman Empire, Christianity would not have become the most influential religion in the world. However, it also true that prior to becoming the official religion of the Roman Empire through Emperor Constantine in 303 AD, Christianity was a persecuted religion. Many Christians were slaughtered because of their “treasonous” actions against Roman Empire. These persecutions were often glorified events performed as a deterrent to the pagan population that Christianity was not an approved religion. However, the joy through which the martyrs embraced death also reflected the values, which the Roman Empire was built upon, which helped dispel any indication of treason over time. Although many of the Roman Emperors attempted to prevent people from converting to Christianity through violent persecutions, the martyrdom of the early Christians did not act as a deterrent towards pagan conversion, but actually attracted adherents to Christianity. During the emergence of Christianity there two kinds of religion in the Roman Empire: state religion and personal religion . The state religion of the Roman Empire included participating in the imperial cult as a means of pledging allegiance to both the empire and the emperor . The emperor’s role as Pontifex Maximus…

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