Theodosius made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire in 380 ce. Christians in the Roman Empire held important political and military positions and imperial sponsorship in Christianity attracted many people to Christianity. Eventually many religions faded away and was discouraged in the Roman Empire because of the Christian missionaries that traveled throughout the Roman Empire. The spread of Christianity not only occurred in the Roman Empire but also in Germanic tribes due to Christian missionaries. The Christian lifestyles in the Roman Empire is different from the religiously tolerant Classical Roman Empire.
At that beginning of the caroligian dynasty the church was suffering from problems. Paganistic peoples and the less use of the latin lanuange and the decline of the of power of the pope all contributed to the need of a new leader to bring out the
Constantine was not yet a baptized Christian when he settled matters of Christian dogma and the Arian Controversy at the First Nicene Council (First Council of Nicaea), which ended on August (or July) 25, 325. As a result of his initial decision against the Arians, Constantine exiled his friend Eusebius for holding an heretical position. Constantine later revised his opinion and recalled Eusebius. It was from 325 that Constantine enjoyed sole reign in the Roman empire, having defeated and executed his co-emperor Licinius, who had reneged on the Edict of Milan. Constantine died in 22 May, 337 at Nicomedia, shortly after his baptism by the Arian bishop, his friend Eusebius of
Throughout history, many empirical decisions have affected the artistic world in both positive and negative ways. Arguably one of the most impactful decisions made when Emperor Leo the III instituted the removal of an image of Christ from the cross. This began a dark part of religious art in the Byzantine Emperor known as the Iconoclasm. Debates and arguments over this decision spread ravenously and splits were occurring throughout all classes of power. From the Emperor and his royal people, to the religious leaders and the laity there was disorder.
He was buried in the Church of the Holy Apostles in Constantinople. Interesting Facts about Constantine His birth name was Flavius Valerius Constantinus. The city of Constantinople was the largest and richest city during the Middle Ages until it fell to the Ottoman Empire in 1453. Today it is the city of Istanbul, the capital of Turkey. He sent his mother Helena to the Holy Land where she found pieces of the cross that Jesus was crucified on.
Constantine would convert to Christianity and Rome would become a Christian empire. Prior to this Rome persecuted the Christians. 380 AD - Theodosius I declares Christianity to be the sole religion of the Roman Empire. 395 AD - Rome splits into two
The causes for the fall of Rome can be divided into four categories: political, military, economic and social. Using the information you have read, identify one cause in each category and explain how it contributed to the decline of the Roman Empire. Military: Around the 4th century AD, the Roman military had become significantly feebler, mostly to the barbarians who had been attempting to breach Rome's borders for years. Soon, the barbarians began to gain access to the Western Empire on an even larger scale then before, first as minor groups of settlers and soldiers, but ultimately as entire tribes. They sensed military flaws and began to found small kingdoms, like Gaul, Spain.
The Middle Ages come into being around A.D. 500, which was after the western half of the Roman Empire collapsed. They lasted to about A.D.1400 and are referenced to as a period of time that experienced violence by Barbaric invasion, feudalism, disease, and strong feelings for faith. The Dark Ages, the Age of Feudalism and the Age of Faith are all appropriate titles, however the label that best fits is the Age of Faith because of the political, economic and social influence the church held. The middle ages are often identified as the Dark Age because of the Black Death, invasions by the Barbarians, and because of lack of enlightenment for the common people. A plague most likely originating from Asia spread throughout Europe.
In 533 Justinian decided that he was going to capture all of Rome. He was the head of the church also. He often was at risk of assassination. The Byzantine Empire was much different than the Western part of Rome. Most people didn’t speak latin, they spoke Greek.
The first crusade by Western European feudal patrician knights had established the short-time kingdom, Jerusalem, which only lasted for eighty-eight years, but the Crusades brought severe disaster to the Mediterranean countries' people including Jews, Eastern Christians and Muslims. Several major military activities caused hundreds of thousands of the crusaders' death that was a great loss for the Western Europe people. Nevertheless, the Vatican and feudal lord had made a lot of wealth, which made the eastern Islamic world and the western Christian world mutually opposite more serious. On the other hand, Europe fell in the dark ages due to the destruction of the western Roman Empire. The Crusades brought back a lot of Oriental progressive civilization, which caused a lot of serfs to remove the relations of dependence, becoming freemen.