Rome
Geography
Early Roman Government• King• Advised by a Senate who had consultative powers only• Documentary evidence re Roman governme...
War between Rome and latins• Almost constant warfare as Romans fought with  surrounding groups and conquering them. Latin ...
“Latin Right”• Intermediate Rights between full citizenship and  non-citizen status• Commercium allowed Latins to own land...
Roman Expansion Led to Political                 Turmoil•   In the areas they conquered, the Romans demanded that former f...
Equestrian Class• New Laws Prohibited Senators from engaging in  business to reduce corruption• Roman Aristocrats left pub...
Roman Religion• Ancestor Worship: primary duty to honor one’s ancestors by  his conduct and the greatest honor was to sacr...
Mystery religions: Mithraism•   No known texts—mostly reliefs.    Practiced primarily by Roman                            ...
Civic and Religious Values Combined•   Morality•   Patriotism•   Duty•   Masculine self-control•   Respect for authority a...
Punic Wars• By 265 B.C.E. Romans controlled most of the  Apennine Peninsula• Was further expansion deliberate, necessary  ...
First Punic War• 264 B.C.E. Punic Wars begin
Punic Threat• Carthage expands into Messina, an important port in Sicily  near the mainland
Carthage• Phoenician, Numidian and Libyian peoples,• Major city was Carthage (in modern day Tunisia)• Carthage relied heav...
How Rome Won• Captured Phoenician ship and copied its design• Created a corvus device for boarding ships
Spoils of War• 23 year war  – Carthage ceded Sicily to Rome  – Carthage paid large indemnity (money to pay for    the war)...
2nd Punic War• 218 B.C.E. Rome declared war on Carthage  – Considered expansion by Carthage into Iberian    Peninsula (Spa...
Hannibal
Hannibal’s Invasion of Apennine           Peninsula
Hannibal’s Invasion• involved the mobilization of 60,000 to 100,000 troops• Training a war-elephant corps• all of which ha...
Battle of Cannae: 215 B.C.E.
Battle of Cannae• Estimates: 50,000-70,000 Romans were killed  or captured• Among the dead  – the Roman Consul Lucius Aure...
Inexplicable Decisions In History Hall of                 Fame• Hannibal recalled to Carthage without  marching on Rome  –...
Results of 2nd Punic War• Carthage required to abandon all its possessions  except city of Carthage  – war indemnity 3X th...
3rd Punic War• By 151 B.C.E. Carthage repaid its war debt to Rome• Carthage thought treaty was cancelled• Rome decided on ...
Carthage in Ruins
Consequences of Punic Wars• Millions of slaves from Carthaginian and Macedonian  territories    – Most slaves were agricul...
Instability 146-30 B.C.E.• Slave uprisings  – 134 B.C.E. 70,000 slaves revolt in Sicily  – 104 B.C.E. 2nd slave uprising i...
Barbarian Threats to Roman Power• Who is a “barbarian”    – Greeks: a barbarian is “anyone who is not Greek”• Romans:•    ...
Dynamic Roman Frontier•   Hispania: Iberian Peninsula and Western France•   Cimbrians: Jutland Peninsula (modern Denmark)•...
Notable Roman Historians•   Plutarch: 46 C.E. – 120 C.E.•   Julius Caesar: 100 B.C.E. -30 B.C.E.•   Strabo: ??-24 C.E.•   ...
Tacitus
Germania• Ancient Anthropological study of the German  tribes• Tacitus did not do fieldwork• Based on the memories of Roma...
Strabo’s Map of Europe
Julius CaesarJuly 13, 100 B.C.E. – March 15, 30 B.C.E.
Marius, Sulla & Caesar• Marius:    – a general in Roman Army         • elected as Consul by Plebian party (composed mostly...
The Triumvirate• Pompey: General who conquered Syria and  Palestine• Julius Caesar: fought the Barbarians in Gaul  and Bri...
Pompey, Caesar, Crassus
Breaking of the Triumvirate• 52 B.C.E. : mob riots in Rome  – Senate feared Caesar’s popularity among the    Plebian class...
Caesar becomes Emperor• Affair with Cleopatra left her pregnant with Caesar’s son• Invaded Anatolia and victory was so swi...
Beware the Ides of March• Caesar assassinated on March 15 “The Ides of  March”  – Conspiracy of Senators who wanted to ret...
Marc Antony and Brutus
The Principate 27 B.C.E. – 187 C.E.
Caesar Augustus            (63-B.C.E. – 14 C.E.)• Adopted by Julius Caesar at age 18 as his heir  – Joined with Marc Anton...
Pax Romana• Octavian returned from his victory at Actium  and declared peace was restored  – Granted titles of Imperator (...
Octavian Reforms•   New coinage•   Introduced public services•   Reorganized the army•   Allowed cities and provinces righ...
Appearance versus Reality•   Senate had no power•   Augustus controlled the army•   Reforms of traditional civic values we...
Pax Romana• Lasted from 28 B.C.E. to 180 C.E.• Few powerful external enemies• Mediterranean Sea controlled by one military...
Aristocratic Women• Owned property• Invested in commercial ventures• Made public contributions to particular causes• Pries...
Plebian Women•   Little is known•   Early marriage•   Husband’s helpers•   Engaged in shop keeping•   Motherhood 3-4 child...
Roman Law• Civil Law: applied to Roman citizens• Law of the Peoples: applied to everyone and  supplemented civil law• Natu...
Religions•   Roman gods•   Judaism•   Christianity•   Mystic Religions
Christianity• Jesus was a historical figure• Tacitus & Pliny the Younger   – Mention Jesus, confirm he was crucified by Po...
Christian Beliefs in the 1st Century• Based on Gospels: Matthew, Mark, & Luke  – John is believed to have been written as ...
Jesus and Second Temple Judaism• Dead Sea Scrolls• 1947 Bedouin boy discovers Jewish religious  texts hidden in a cave nea...
Hebrew Monotheism• The belief that a single god is the creator and ruler of  all things• Yahweh is transcendent: exists ou...
Christian Monotheism• Adopted basic principles of Hebrew ethical  monotheism• Rejected most ritual practices of Judaism fo...
Roman Issues with Christianity• Feared destabilization• Christianity recognized no other gods (Romans  allowed other gods ...
Crisis of the 3rd Century• Nero and Caligula (poor emperors) succeeded  by capable emperors who ruled until 180 C.E.• Afte...
Elements of the Crisis•   Civil War•   Economic woes     – War ravaged agriculture     – Inflation     – Taxation•   Plagu...
Rome in Decline• Rome recovered by 289 C.E. but never  returned to its former glory• Roman rule continues for another 200 ...
Some Causes of Decline argued by            historians today•   Barbarian attacks•   No clear law of succession•   Lack of...
Diocletian
Diocletian• Ruled from 284-305 C.E.  – Autocrat  – Dominus (Lord)• Formal rules off succession  – Split empire into East &...
Constantine
Constantine•   Ruled from 312-337•   Built a new capitol in the East: Constantinople•   Abandoned Tetrarch in favor of dyn...
Popular Version of Constantine’s             Conversion• Saw a Christian symbol while preparing to  battle the “Barbarians...
MaxentiusWestern Roman Emperor. Defended Romeagainst various revolts.-Engaged in 5 year war with Constantine over who cont...
Historical Accounts of Constantine’s               Conversion• Lactantius: North African Latin historian who tutored  Cons...
Constantine’s Symbol: Chi Rho
Chi Rho• Formed by imposing the 1st two capital letters  of the Greek word for Christ X and P• Not technically a cross, sy...
Constantine’s Labarum
New Contours of 4th Century             Christianity• Basic doctrinal disputes resolved  – Aryanism vs. Athanasians Trinit...
Western Christian Thought• Saint Jerome (340-420)  – Translated Bible into Latin (vulgate)  – Argued that classical learni...
Saint Augustine• Bishop of Hippo in North Africa  – How could humans be so profoundly sinful when they    were created by ...
Barbarians at the Gates• Huns  –   Nomadic tribes from east of the Volga River  –   Origins and language are subject of de...
Borders of Thrace
Illustration from NuremburgChronicle                              Statue of Unknown Origin                              c....
Germanic Invasions• Germans were settled agriculturalists and sophisticated  metalworkers   – Traded with Romans   – Settl...
AlaricSack of Rome by the Visigoths, J.N. Sylvestri, 1890
Causes of Collapse of Western Roman               Empire• Military failure• Economic failure• Division of Empire• Invader ...
Roman Institutions•   Roman cities survived in Gaul and Spain•   Roman agricultural patterns remained•   Roman aristocrats...
Justinian• Planned to re-conquer Western Roman  Empire  – Enormous cost  – Insufficient manpower  – Distracted attention f...
Late Antiquity• Assimilation of Roman culture by Barbarians• Migrations caused frontiers of empire to be  indistinguishabl...
Contours of the Roman Empire Between 285                  and 475
http://www.unrv.com/empire/timeline-5th-century.php
His 101 chapter  5 6 pax romana & transformation of roman empire spring 2013
His 101 chapter  5 6 pax romana & transformation of roman empire spring 2013
His 101 chapter  5 6 pax romana & transformation of roman empire spring 2013
His 101 chapter  5 6 pax romana & transformation of roman empire spring 2013
His 101 chapter  5 6 pax romana & transformation of roman empire spring 2013
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His 101 chapter 5 6 pax romana & transformation of roman empire spring 2013

  1. 1. Rome
  2. 2. Geography
  3. 3. Early Roman Government• King• Advised by a Senate who had consultative powers only• Documentary evidence re Roman government reflects that there was a change in the form of government around 500 B.C.E.• Replaced the King with two consuls• Gave the Roman Senate control over public funds• One consul could veto the other consul’s decrees• In times of grave emergency the Senate could appoint a dictator who would rule for 6 months.
  4. 4. War between Rome and latins• Almost constant warfare as Romans fought with surrounding groups and conquering them. Latin Territories first, then Etruscan cities.• Latin War: 340-338 B.C.E. A push by the Latin people for independence from Rome.• In 340 B.C.E. an embassy was sent to the Roman Senate to ask for the formation of a single republic between Rome and Latium with both parties on the same level.• Rome declared war on the Latins and conquered them but instituted “Latin Rights”
  5. 5. “Latin Right”• Intermediate Rights between full citizenship and non-citizen status• Commercium allowed Latins to own land in any of the Latin cities and to make legally enforceable contracts with their citizens.• Connubium permitted them to make a lawful marriage with a resident of any other Latin city.• Ius migrationis gave people with Latin status the capacity to acquire citizenship of another Latin state simply by taking up permanent residence there.
  6. 6. Roman Expansion Led to Political Turmoil• In the areas they conquered, the Romans demanded that former foes contribute soldiers to the Roman army.• Aristocracy = patricians = 10% of the population• Plebeians = 90% who had no access to political power. – Forced to serve in army, but no right to political office. – Rights not identified and often judicial system was manipulated against them. – Debt slavery: a debt slave could be sold by his creditor to an owner outside of Rome.• 200 year struggle between Patricians and Plebeians is often called “Struggle of the Orders” – Plebian revolt forced Patricians to create a new office “Tribune” who would represent the rights of the plebeians. – The Tribune had veto power over consuls. – By 367 B.C.E. first plebian consul elected. – 287 B.C.E. concilius plebeus would be binding on Roman government whether the Senate approved them or not. Origin of the “plebescite”
  7. 7. Equestrian Class• New Laws Prohibited Senators from engaging in business to reduce corruption• Roman Aristocrats left public service in the Senate to pursue business• Politics and business interests merged in old families through marriage• A few families won political office consistently and were powerful, conservative force in Roman Senate• Orders: Patricians, Plebians, Equestrians
  8. 8. Roman Religion• Ancestor Worship: primary duty to honor one’s ancestors by his conduct and the greatest honor was to sacrifice oneself for Rome.• Roman Priests – Guardians of sacred traditions. – Prominent aristocrats rotated in and out of the priestly office while also serving as leaders of the Roman state. – Thus religion and politics were officially sanctioned as part of the state.• Roman polytheism: as long as the traditional gods were honored, new gods could be added and worshipped as well
  9. 9. Mystery religions: Mithraism• No known texts—mostly reliefs. Practiced primarily by Roman • 7 Levels – Corax, Corux or Corvex (raven or Soldiers. crow) beaker – Nymphus, Nymphobus (male bride) lamp, bell, veil, circlet/crown – Miles (soldier) pouch, helmet, lance, drum, belt, breast plate – Miles (soldier) pouch, helmet, lance, drum, belt, breast plate – Perses (Persian) – Heliodromus (sun-runner) torch, – Pater (father)
  10. 10. Civic and Religious Values Combined• Morality• Patriotism• Duty• Masculine self-control• Respect for authority and tradition• Roman Virtues – Bravery – Honor – self-discipline – loyalty to country and family
  11. 11. Punic Wars• By 265 B.C.E. Romans controlled most of the Apennine Peninsula• Was further expansion deliberate, necessary or accidental?
  12. 12. First Punic War• 264 B.C.E. Punic Wars begin
  13. 13. Punic Threat• Carthage expands into Messina, an important port in Sicily near the mainland
  14. 14. Carthage• Phoenician, Numidian and Libyian peoples,• Major city was Carthage (in modern day Tunisia)• Carthage relied heavily, though not exclusively, on foreign mercenaries— Celts and Iberians• Light Cavalry: a significant part of it was composed of Numidian contingents and North African elephant corps – The riders of these elephants were armed with a spike and hammer to kill the elephants in case they charged toward their own army.• The navy offered a stable profession and financial security for its sailors• The trade of Carthaginian merchantmen was by land across the Sahara• And by sea throughout the Mediterranean and far into the Atlantic to the tin-rich islands of Britain and to West Africa.
  15. 15. How Rome Won• Captured Phoenician ship and copied its design• Created a corvus device for boarding ships
  16. 16. Spoils of War• 23 year war – Carthage ceded Sicily to Rome – Carthage paid large indemnity (money to pay for the war)• Many Romans killed. – Conservative Senators: Rome should have invaded Carthage rather than agree to a peace treaty
  17. 17. 2nd Punic War• 218 B.C.E. Rome declared war on Carthage – Considered expansion by Carthage into Iberian Peninsula (Spain) as a commercial and military threat• 2nd Punic War lasted 16 years
  18. 18. Hannibal
  19. 19. Hannibal’s Invasion of Apennine Peninsula
  20. 20. Hannibal’s Invasion• involved the mobilization of 60,000 to 100,000 troops• Training a war-elephant corps• all of which had to be provisioned along the way• Crossed the Alps• 2nd Punic War was a world war in the sense that it involved about three- quarters of the population of the entire Punic-Greco-Roman world and few people living in the Mediterranean were able to escape it.• Virtually every family in Rome lost at least one member
  21. 21. Battle of Cannae: 215 B.C.E.
  22. 22. Battle of Cannae• Estimates: 50,000-70,000 Romans were killed or captured• Among the dead – the Roman Consul Lucius Aurelius Paulus, – 29 out of 48 military tribunes – 80 Senators (about 30% of the Senate)• one of the bloodiest battles in all of human history (in terms of the number of lives lost within a single day)
  23. 23. Inexplicable Decisions In History Hall of Fame• Hannibal recalled to Carthage without marching on Rome – scarcity of supplies, money, manpower? – political components? – Did Carthage think Rome would sue for peace?• Rome kept on fighting – 201 B.C.E. Publius Cornelius Scipio invaded North Africa and defeated Hannibal at Zama
  24. 24. Results of 2nd Punic War• Carthage required to abandon all its possessions except city of Carthage – war indemnity 3X that of the 1st Punic War • Estimate: 20,000 talents of silver(one talent= 71 pounds) over 50 years• In the 50 years between the 2nd and 3rd Punic wars: – Rome invaded and conquered • former Macedonian empire • Palestine • Hispania
  25. 25. 3rd Punic War• By 151 B.C.E. Carthage repaid its war debt to Rome• Carthage thought treaty was cancelled• Rome decided on War – needed grain and area around Carthage was fertile – Romans did not forget their losses at Battle of Cannae• 149 B.C.E. war with Carthage again – Demanded that Carthage hand over all weapons and move 10 miles inland• Siege of Carthage: – approximately 50,000 people died of starvation – Six day battle• Rome made all inhabitants slaves and burned Carthage for 17 days
  26. 26. Carthage in Ruins
  27. 27. Consequences of Punic Wars• Millions of slaves from Carthaginian and Macedonian territories – Most slaves were agricultural workers • Most economical use: work as hard as possible feed as little as possible, when one dies buy another very cheap because market was glutted• Extensive slave population: – enabled large estates owned by wealthy aristocracy to force small farmers to sell their land because they could not compete with the large agribusinesses – Plantation style economy• Former farmers became urban population of Rome – Under-employment of free labor: slaves could do it more cheaply – Created a permanent urban under-class and political instability• Rome failed to develop an industrial base that would have created jobs and opportunity for former farmers
  28. 28. Instability 146-30 B.C.E.• Slave uprisings – 134 B.C.E. 70,000 slaves revolt in Sicily – 104 B.C.E. 2nd slave uprising in Sicily – 73-71 B.C.E. Spartacus Rebellion • Trained to be a gladiator: certain death • Escaped to Mount Vesuvius with a host of fugitive slaves • Overran much of Southern Italy • 6,000 slaves captured during the final battle were crucified along the road between Capua and Rome (150 miles)
  29. 29. Barbarian Threats to Roman Power• Who is a “barbarian” – Greeks: a barbarian is “anyone who is not Greek”• Romans:• “Barbarian” = anyone who did not live within the Roman empire and had no manners• “Barbar”: a Sanskrit word than means “dirty one” generally referring to a person who uses the same hand to eat as they use to wipe themselves after going to the bathroom• Throughout history the term “Barbarian” generally implies a person who lives outside of the boundaries of a particular territory/kingdom – The Other who is “not like us”
  30. 30. Dynamic Roman Frontier• Hispania: Iberian Peninsula and Western France• Cimbrians: Jutland Peninsula (modern Denmark)• Britannia and Caledonia (Scotland)• Central Europe (East of Iberia) – Celts – Teutonnes/Germans – Gaul – Goths
  31. 31. Notable Roman Historians• Plutarch: 46 C.E. – 120 C.E.• Julius Caesar: 100 B.C.E. -30 B.C.E.• Strabo: ??-24 C.E.• Tacitus: 56 C.E. – 117 C.E.
  32. 32. Tacitus
  33. 33. Germania• Ancient Anthropological study of the German tribes• Tacitus did not do fieldwork• Based on the memories of Roman soldiers returning from various wars• Used this study to criticize Rome also
  34. 34. Strabo’s Map of Europe
  35. 35. Julius CaesarJuly 13, 100 B.C.E. – March 15, 30 B.C.E.
  36. 36. Marius, Sulla & Caesar• Marius: – a general in Roman Army • elected as Consul by Plebian party (composed mostly of soldiers) • reelected six times from 107 B.C.E. to 86 B.C.E. – eliminated the property qualification required to be a Roman soldier • Provided opportunity for urban poor to gain political access through the military• Sulla : – appointed dictator in 86 B.C.E. by the Senate – curtailed the power of the Tribunes (Plebian leaders) – assassinated any Senator who opposed him• Julius Caesar – Marius’s nephew – took his legions to the frontier to fight the Barbarians • political power and enrichment • Hero of soldiers • Demonized by Senators
  37. 37. The Triumvirate• Pompey: General who conquered Syria and Palestine• Julius Caesar: fought the Barbarians in Gaul and Britannia• Crassus: richest man in Rome, defeated Spartacus in the Battle of Siler River
  38. 38. Pompey, Caesar, Crassus
  39. 39. Breaking of the Triumvirate• 52 B.C.E. : mob riots in Rome – Senate feared Caesar’s popularity among the Plebian class – Convinced Pompey to declare Caesar who was in Gaul “an enemy of the state”• 49 B.C.E. Caesar marched on Rome and Pompey fled to Syria – Pompey defeated at Battle of Pharsalus in Greece and murdered by Caesar’s supporters
  40. 40. Caesar becomes Emperor• Affair with Cleopatra left her pregnant with Caesar’s son• Invaded Anatolia and victory was so swift that he declared “Veni, vidi, vici (I came, I saw, I conquered)”• 46 B.C.E. Senate named Caesar dictator for 10 years – 44 B.C.E. named dictator for life – Authority to make war and peace
  41. 41. Beware the Ides of March• Caesar assassinated on March 15 “The Ides of March” – Conspiracy of Senators who wanted to return to Republic (power in hands of Aristocracy) • included former supporter Brutus (some argue Marc Antony) • Brutus committed suicide following his defeat by Octavian (Caesar’s nephew) at the Battle of Philippi. • Marc Antony committed suicide after being defeated by Octavian at the Battle of Actium
  42. 42. Marc Antony and Brutus
  43. 43. The Principate 27 B.C.E. – 187 C.E.
  44. 44. Caesar Augustus (63-B.C.E. – 14 C.E.)• Adopted by Julius Caesar at age 18 as his heir – Joined with Marc Antony and Lepidus to secure his succession – Defeated all competitors to become Emperor
  45. 45. Pax Romana• Octavian returned from his victory at Actium and declared peace was restored – Granted titles of Imperator (victorious general) and Augustus (worthy of honor) by the Senate – Octavian preferred title princeps (first citizen) – PAX ROMANA: Relative peace i.e. no major wars
  46. 46. Octavian Reforms• New coinage• Introduced public services• Reorganized the army• Allowed cities and provinces rights of self- government
  47. 47. Appearance versus Reality• Senate had no power• Augustus controlled the army• Reforms of traditional civic values were superficial – Rebuilt temples – Prohibited Romans from worshipping foreign gods – Fined citizens who failed to marry – Required widows to marry within 2 years – Punished adultery (by women) – Made divorce more difficult – Augustus himself had many affairs – His daughter Julia had so many affairs that he was forced to banish her• Aristocrats still controlled large farming estates• Underemployment remained a serious problem• No industrial development
  48. 48. Pax Romana• Lasted from 28 B.C.E. to 180 C.E.• Few powerful external enemies• Mediterranean Sea controlled by one military power: Rome• Land frontiers/borders– Scotland to Persia• Exceptions to peace were rebellions by Britannia and Hebrews.• Assimilation of residents along the frontier into the common cultural and political life of Rome
  49. 49. Aristocratic Women• Owned property• Invested in commercial ventures• Made public contributions to particular causes• Priestesses & civic patrons• NO public office• Nominally under authority of nearest male relative (perpetual minority)• Educated to be accomplished wives and mothers• Certain sexual freedom
  50. 50. Plebian Women• Little is known• Early marriage• Husband’s helpers• Engaged in shop keeping• Motherhood 3-4 children• Life expectancy 34 years
  51. 51. Roman Law• Civil Law: applied to Roman citizens• Law of the Peoples: applied to everyone and supplemented civil law• Natural Law: founded on Stoic philosophy – Natural order of nature – Embodied justice and right – All men are entitled to it – Conceptual but not applied
  52. 52. Religions• Roman gods• Judaism• Christianity• Mystic Religions
  53. 53. Christianity• Jesus was a historical figure• Tacitus & Pliny the Younger – Mention Jesus, confirm he was crucified by Pontius Pilate, identify Christians as a religious sect (they don’t like them)• Josephus – Jewish historian – Wrote a Roman friendly history of the Jews • Mentions Jesus, John the Baptist and James • Mentions Paul and the early church • A confession that Jesus was the Christ in Josephus’s history is believed to have been added by the Church
  54. 54. Christian Beliefs in the 1st Century• Based on Gospels: Matthew, Mark, & Luke – John is believed to have been written as much as two decades after the other three• Considerable disagreement among scholars as to dates of writing• Paul’s Letters to early churches – Some believe written before the gospels—some after – Paul and Peter killed during Nero persecution of Christians around 64 C.E. according to Eusebeius – If Paul is the author of these letters then they must have been written before 64 C.E.
  55. 55. Jesus and Second Temple Judaism• Dead Sea Scrolls• 1947 Bedouin boy discovers Jewish religious texts hidden in a cave near Qumran• Not available to scholars until very recently
  56. 56. Hebrew Monotheism• The belief that a single god is the creator and ruler of all things• Yahweh is transcendent: exists outside of time, nature, place and Kingship• Ethical monotheism: obligations owed by all human beings toward their creator, independent of place or political identity – Yahweh created man in His image – Yahweh is exclusively a god of righteousness – Evil comes from man not Yahweh – Micah 6:8 Yahweh requires man to live justly, love mercy and walk humbly
  57. 57. Christian Monotheism• Adopted basic principles of Hebrew ethical monotheism• Rejected most ritual practices of Judaism for Gentile believers• Salvation offered to everyone without Jewish ritual observance – based on faith in Jesus – Practiced sacrament “means of grace” of Holy Baptism – Practiced sacrament of Holy Communion• Sects developed and arguments arose over teachings of Jesus and Paul
  58. 58. Roman Issues with Christianity• Feared destabilization• Christianity recognized no other gods (Romans allowed other gods but expected people to show respect to theirs)• Christians refused to worship the emperor as a god• Despite growth of Christianity no more than 5 – 10% of people in Roman Empire were Christians
  59. 59. Crisis of the 3rd Century• Nero and Caligula (poor emperors) succeeded by capable emperors who ruled until 180 C.E.• After 182 C.E. – Provincial armies engaged in civil war and victors ruled as military dictators – From 235-284 C.E. 26 “barracks Emperors ruled Rome
  60. 60. Elements of the Crisis• Civil War• Economic woes – War ravaged agriculture – Inflation – Taxation• Plague – Galen a Greek Physician – diarrhea, fever, inflamed throat with dry pustules appearing on the 9th day of illness – Modern historians conclude smallpox• Decimated population, economic crisis and ravages of civil war lead Roman armies to pull back from previous frontiers
  61. 61. Rome in Decline• Rome recovered by 289 C.E. but never returned to its former glory• Roman rule continues for another 200 years in the West• Roman rule continues for another 1,000 years in the East
  62. 62. Some Causes of Decline argued by historians today• Barbarian attacks• No clear law of succession• Lack of constitutional means for reform• Allowed too much power to military• Slave system and failure to develop industrial economy – led to unstable economy – required dependence on taxes – Required tribute from conquered lands• Declining population due to disease, civil war, constant foreign warfare• Aristocrats contributed very little to economy and relied on legislated privileges that exempted them from taxes• Local elite could not keep up with demands undermining urban basis of classical Roman civic ideals• Lack of interest in preserving Rome by its citizens
  63. 63. Diocletian
  64. 64. Diocletian• Ruled from 284-305 C.E. – Autocrat – Dominus (Lord)• Formal rules off succession – Split empire into East & West: 2 augusti – 2 Caesars – Known as the Tetrarch• Moved capital from Rome to Nicomedia (in Turkey). – Diocletian ruled from Nicomedia – Senate remained in Rome
  65. 65. Constantine
  66. 66. Constantine• Ruled from 312-337• Built a new capitol in the East: Constantinople• Abandoned Tetrarch in favor of dynasty• Eastern Empire – Richer – More populous – More central to imperial policy• Western Empire – Poorer – Peripheral – Not well defended• Legalized Christianity within Roman Empire
  67. 67. Popular Version of Constantine’s Conversion• Saw a Christian symbol while preparing to battle the “Barbarians” at Malian Bridge• Voice said, “In this sign, conquer”• Constantine ordered men to paint the symbol on their shields• He won – Constructed churches – Did not prohibit pagan worship – Christianity became favored religion
  68. 68. MaxentiusWestern Roman Emperor. Defended Romeagainst various revolts.-Engaged in 5 year war with Constantine over who controlled the Western Roman Empire.-Army in the Eastern Empire declared Constantine, the son of the previous emperor Constantius to be Augustus.-Army in Western Empire favored Maxentius, the son of Constantius’s predecessor,Maximian as emperor.Constantine had Maximian executed.
  69. 69. Historical Accounts of Constantine’s Conversion• Lactantius: North African Latin historian who tutored Constantine’s son: – The night before the Battle of Milvian Bridge against Maxentius (Western Roman Emperor) Constantine dreamed of being ordered to place a heavenly divine symbol upon his soldiers’ shields.• Eusebius of Caesarea (4th century Christian Bishop who wrote a history of the early church) – Well before the battle, Constantine looked up at the sun and saw a cross of light above it and the words “In this sign, conquer.” – The next night Christ came to Constantine in a dream and told him to use the sign against his enemies.
  70. 70. Constantine’s Symbol: Chi Rho
  71. 71. Chi Rho• Formed by imposing the 1st two capital letters of the Greek word for Christ X and P• Not technically a cross, symbol invokes the crucifixion and the title “Christ”• Symbol was often used by ancient Greeks as a symbol for “good fortune”• Chi Rho became Labarum
  72. 72. Constantine’s Labarum
  73. 73. New Contours of 4th Century Christianity• Basic doctrinal disputes resolved – Aryanism vs. Athanasians Trinity – Council of Nicea – Clearly defined hierarchy • Patriarchs • Bishops • Primacy of Bishop of Rome: Pope• Spread of Monasticism
  74. 74. Western Christian Thought• Saint Jerome (340-420) – Translated Bible into Latin (vulgate) – Argued that classical learning was important for Christians• Saint Ambrose (340-397) – Archbishop of Milan – Argued that Emperor not above the Church – Admired Cicero but said highest virtue is reverence for God
  75. 75. Saint Augustine• Bishop of Hippo in North Africa – How could humans be so profoundly sinful when they were created by an all-powerful God whose nature is entirely good? – Augustine’s answer: all evils are result of the innate human propensity to place our own desires above God’s – No one has the grace necessary for salvation – Grace is God’s gift: given in greater portion to some• Wrote City of God in response to those who blamed Christians for fall of Rome
  76. 76. Barbarians at the Gates• Huns – Nomadic tribes from east of the Volga River – Origins and language are subject of debate – Mounted archers – Atila the Hun • Repeatedly attacked Eastern Roman Empire forcing Theodosius to pay tribute • The barbarian territory of the Huns, (in Thrace, became so great that more than a hundred cities were captured and Constantinople almost came into danger and most men fled from it. ... And there were so many murders and blood-lettings that the dead could not be numbered. Ay, for they took captive the churches and monasteries and slew the monks and maidens in great numbers. (Callinicus, in Life of Saint Hypatius) • Died in
  77. 77. Borders of Thrace
  78. 78. Illustration from NuremburgChronicle Statue of Unknown Origin c. 1800-1900
  79. 79. Germanic Invasions• Germans were settled agriculturalists and sophisticated metalworkers – Traded with Romans – Settled inside the empire – Adopted Arian Christianity• Goths settled along Danube• 378 Goths revolted• Theodosius accommodated Goth demands for food and land• Alaric invaded Rome in 410• 476 last Roman Emperor toppled by army of Germans, Huns and Roman soldiers
  80. 80. AlaricSack of Rome by the Visigoths, J.N. Sylvestri, 1890
  81. 81. Causes of Collapse of Western Roman Empire• Military failure• Economic failure• Division of Empire• Invader Kingdoms collected taxes but did not pay them to Rome• People moved out
  82. 82. Roman Institutions• Roman cities survived in Gaul and Spain• Roman agricultural patterns remained• Roman aristocrats dominated civic life• Roman law• Roman authority in the Christian Church
  83. 83. Justinian• Planned to re-conquer Western Roman Empire – Enormous cost – Insufficient manpower – Distracted attention from dangers in the east• Codified Roman Law
  84. 84. Late Antiquity• Assimilation of Roman culture by Barbarians• Migrations caused frontiers of empire to be indistinguishable from interiors of Western Empire – Learned culture of Greek and Roman world extended to larger numbers of people – Increasingly Christian character of Roman world• Fusion of Christian culture and late Roman governance – Still centered around Mediterranean Sea
  85. 85. Contours of the Roman Empire Between 285 and 475
  86. 86. http://www.unrv.com/empire/timeline-5th-century.php

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