Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Roman empire notes

  • Octavian- AKA Caesar Augustus
  • Augustus - the first emperor- getting it done
- beings the Pax Romana- period of peace and prosperity
- built roads, aqueducts (brought water to cities)
- set up civil service to take care of roads, the grain supply, even a postal service
- Augustus dies at age 76 in A.D. 14, and passes power too...

  • Tiberius!
  • From Jesus to Christianity 
- Jesus was a Roman citizen and a practicing Jew 
- at 30, he began his ministry (A.D. 31- 33), preaching to the poor (and there were lots of 'em) in the empire, and reaching out to outsiders
- statements like "My kingdom is not of this world" made the Romans (and the Jews) nervous, and they began to plan his execution
- the governor of the Roman province of Judaea, Pontius Pilate (prompted by Jewish high priests, sentences Jesus to death by crucifixion

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