Christianity had initially diffused through Rome during the first century, around 30 CE. Jesus’ followers had preached his teachings to non-jewish populations in the Roman Empire. This was not taken well by the Romans. Christianity was seen as a threat to to the Roman Empire as well as to their religious system. The Roman authorities suspected Christians of treason due to their refusal of worshipping emperor Nero and being unable to make sacrifices. This idea led to the persecution of the members of this religion. Many Christians were killed in the process. In 64 CE, a fire broke out in Rome that burned for six days and seven nights. This left major damages to three quarters of the city.The then emperor Decius ordered Christians to perform sacrifices to the gods. Christians were blamed and tortured for the cause though it was rumored that former emperor Nero was behind it. In 313 CE, Christianity took a drastic turn when Emperor Constantine I had legalized this belief system. The conservative Romans have not accepted Christianity until then. Christianity became the official religion in Rome after Constantine I converted to Christianity. In 313 CE, he issued the Edict of Milan which outlawed religious persecution in the Roman Empire and accepted Christianity.The development of churches began shortly after. People were now openly allowed to worship Man of the Year goes to… Emperor Augustus!!!By: Hadriana Bucco & Laurentia Cicero Through his various accomplishments and his clever tactics to rise to power, Imperator Caesar Divi Filius Augustus has been titled Man of the Year! Augustus Caesar was born into a prosperous family in the city of Velletri, southeast of Rome. The Octavii family were under the government position. He began maintaining a close relationship with great nephew. Augustus accompanied Julius Caesar on voyages of long distances such as their journey to Hispania and this impressed Caesar.In 44 BCE, after Julius Caesar’s assassination, hiswill stated that he had adopted Augustus as his son and heir. This meant eighteen year old Augustus, had to change his name to Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus and had inherited three quarters of Caesar’s estate. Following Caesar’s death, Augustus was entitled to his legions and 700 million sesterces.In 43 BC, Octavian had formed an alliance called the “Second Triumvirate” with Marcus Antonius and Lepidus which enabled them with a great amount of power. They sent out 28 legions to the land of Philippi where they confronted and faced off Caesar’s assassins.system of Aristocracy. His father, Gaius Octavius ran as a praetor until his death in 59 BCE when Augustus was just four years old. His mother Atia Balba then took over his education and he learned Greek along with Latin. He was also being trained in oration in which at age oftwelve, he delivered a funeral The Caesarian forces became victorious after this since the two conspirators had committed suicide. This alliance had lasted from 43 BC – 33 BC. During this time, Octavian was spreading propaganda against Mark Antony who was given control over Egypt, as he spent a great amount of time with Cleopatra and was no longer a Roman. While Antony was preferring a non-Roman woman, Rome had gone against him which prompted Octavian to defeat Antony and Cleopatra 31 BC at the battle of Actium. This later provoked the pair to end their lives. Octavian became fully in control of Egypt and Lupidus was exiled which left Octavian, the soon to become emperor to be known as”Augustus.” In 27 BC, Augustus had founded the principate which was a system of monarchy in which an emperor would serve for life. He had transitioned Rome from a republic to an empire we live in today.speech for his grandmother,Julia Caesaris, the sister of the dictator Julius Caesar. The remarkable speech during his first public appearance had caught his great uncle’s attention.This stimulated Agustus’ career.At fifteen years old, he was was elected a Pontiff when Caesar had given him this Full Name: Imperator Caesar Divi Filius AugustusBirth Date: September 23, 63 BCEPosition: Roman Emperor Having ultimate control over all parts of the Roman State, he began significant reforms and reconstruction of Rome. Such reforms consisted of statues, coins, buildings, etc. To make Roman religion a major part of Roman life, Augustus revived the temples of God. The Roman Empire’s first emperor Augustus was looked upon as the savior of traditional Roman values. Roman Sports & EntertainmentBy: Pompeius Scapula & Valens Dursuo Chariot Racing Chariot Racing takes place in Circus Maximus. This oval shaped stadium couldend lies stables and starting boxes.The center of the racecourse ran a low wall with decorative sculptures that would incline for the viewers to acknowledge an end of a lap. These races were quite strident. Participants would go through seven laps and there would be as many as twelve chariots racing at once. For rapid speed, the chariots must be of light weight, though this was dangerous for its drivers as they can be thrown off the chariots.Drivers can be injured or even killed. This was an expensive sport and was very profitable. This sort of entertainment was a form of show business. There were four main teams of chariots which consisted of colors such as red, white, blue and green.seat almost 200,000 spectators! The arena has two parallel sides with a circular end with seating arrangements all around. At the other Each team has to gather talented riders and horses to succeed in the race. Fans are quite fierce when it came to supporting their favored team. Showing their resentment to the opposing teams went as far as to making curse tablets to startle the opponents.position of the hands. A match did not end until a contestant was fatigued with wounds and declared himself defeated by lifting up one hand. A combatant without any wounds inflicted on his body, was considered the greatest skill in a boxer. The two notable points in the game is to impose blows to the opponent and not to stay vulnerable to danger. A boxer’s right arm was primarily used for fighting and the left arm remained as a protection shield for the head for receiving blows. Regular hits consisted of force against the upper body. Force inflicted towards the head were commonly critical and lethal.The ears were especially vulnerable to great Boxing One of the Romans favorite sports is boxing.The basis of this sport is two men are competing against one another to see who can resist the most punches and blows from the other contestant.The boxing gloves used to throw punches were made out of raw ox-hide which was cut into thin pieces tied under the palm of the hand. The fingers are left uncovered. Certain rules are to be abided by in order to pursue the match. The pugilist, or boxer is not allowed to use their feet for the intention of tripping the opponent or take hold of him. Cases of death are frequent during this gameplay. If both combatants are exhausted without the desire to give up, they’re permitted time to recover their strength. If the match lasted too long, the fighters were in an agreement to stand still and receive the blows without a defense move, except a specific danger. Pugilists were predominantly mutilated and wrecked during the match.