Rome and the Rise of Christianity Story board

Rome and the Rise of Christianity Story board

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  • Will we always be poor?
  • Less wealthy landholders, craftspeople, merchants, and small farmers
  • Plebeian
  • I hate having a Republic government. We have a Monarch and only a few people get to vote, but even then only the rich get to vote.
  • Because we are the ruling class and we don'y want you to move up or vote.
  • Why can't we marry patricians?
  • Great landholders who became Rome's ruling class
  • Patrician
  • A little more explanation please
  • There are two. The consuls who run the government and lead the Roman Army and Praetors are in charge of civil law. There is also a Roman Senate. It gives well respected advice to officials
  • The Centuriate Assembly elects the chief officials and passes laws. In 287 B.C. the Roman government began to allow all men in Rome to vote, but this was not true. Roman citizens voted on representatives. They still were from Rome's wealthiest families.
  • We've learned about Plebeians and Patricians, but I want to learn more about the government. For example who were the chief officers in the Roman Republic?
  • I also read something about Centuriate Assembly what is that?
  • You can't out run the law
  • He broke the Twelve Tables Law, but he is not Roman so the law does not apply.
  • That is great. I bet these laws may influence others in the future. They may even keep certain ideas like the right to defend yourself and you are innocent until proven guilty.
  • Hey, there are some new laws that free called the Laws of Nation that apply to him.
  • There are two social orders the poor Plebeians and the rich Patricians. The Patricians wanted the Plebeians to say poor, so they passed a law that they could not marry Patricians. This meant they could not move up in social status. This also affected the government. The Monarch generally came from the Patrician class. So when the Plebeians are not allowed to move in social orders they will never have an opportunity to govern their government.
  • How is it so peaceful?
  • Augustus
  • Chief officers are consuls and praetors. Consuls run the government and lead the Roman government. Praetors are in charge of civil law when it applies to Roman citizens. The contrite Assembly elects these two officers. They also pass laws. The Roman Senate will advise all these groups. This advice is taken very seriously. In 287 B.C. it became law that all men could vote, but this still resulted in officials from the wealthiest families.
  • Come and Learn
  • You must have humility, love toward others, and charity.
  • Love the Lord and thy neighbor as thy self
  • The Twelve Tables are Rome's first code of laws. These laws come from a simple farming society. The problem with these laws were they only applied to Roman citizens. So they created the National Laws that apply to everyone. You can see ideas from these laws in the laws of the United States today. For example, you are innocent until proven guilty and you have to right to defend yourself to a judge.
  • Wasn't Christianity always big?
  • So, Christian views spread because it contained elements of familiar ideas from other religions, made people feel like they belonged, and even included the poor, but I remember reading that it was different then Roman views because they only believed in one God and they wouldn't attend public rituals honoring the Roman Gods.
  • Under Augustus, Rome entered a period of time called Pax Romana. It means a long period of peace. The provinces were ruled in an orderly fashion and trade increased. One thing that did happen was the difference between the rich and poor increased. Augustus also brought about Pax Romana because he allowed the people he ruled to follow any religion as long as they did not disrupt the public order and public morale.
  • It is not problem. I like to see my citizens peaceful.
  • It is also helpful that you are so understanding of other religions.
  • Thank you for bringing in Pax Romana. It has helped my trading business a lot.
  • Trader
  • Jesus taught many different things. The two most important teachings were to love the Lord and to love thy neighbor. He also voiced ethical concepts like humility, charity, and love toward others. Through these teachings it made it so Christians could get along with the Romans. This is part of the reason tolerated other religions. The only thing that everyone had to do was attend public rituals honoring Roman Gods.
  • I am so happy Rome tolerates all religions.
  • Christianity began to spread because it had many things that attracted followers like a sense of understanding and belonging. Christianity had similar views to Roman views like the duty to one's community and state and the drive for virtue, but there were some differences for example they only believed in one god. There were some Christian beliefs that could cause dilemmas like the emphasis on the individual conscience and public state.
  • Yes, but some rulers were okay with this fact. Two rulers helped Christianity to spread. They were Constantine and Theodosius the Great. They focused on the similarities between Roman views and Christianity like encouraging virtue and encouraging duty to one's community and state.
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