15 The Rise of Chrstianity and the Decline of Rome

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The Rise of Christianity and the Decline of Rome Period of Persecution Jesus of Nazareth Romans were polytheistic; believed spirits were in everything. In your household there was a spirit of the heart, spirit of the doorway Jesus of Nazareth Lived at time of Augustus Spread through those such as Paul, through events such as Jewish rebellions Spread extremely quickly; Roman Roads helped this spread Also helped spread: the face that Christians were persecuted against The faster that it spread, the more scared Romans got Paul of Tarsus Means Water, to lead Christians worshipped in secret Helped to cement and ensure the success of Christianity Private houses, poor in their apartments, wealthier in finer homes Atriums Catacombs: funerary in purpose o Contained Lucullus where bodies were placed o Subterranean tunnels beneath the city of Rome o Mainly built in 2 nd century AD o Best known secret of Rome; some said government knew all about it but made a blind eye as long as they were out of sight o Primarily cemeteries; pagans cremated their dead, Christians entombed their dead; Christian inhumation o Over 4 million Christians buried under the city of Rome o Dug/ carved into tufa, volcanic rock, into individual loculi (meaning place) o Entrances were concealed through the back of some houses and bakeries, there were 5 stories down
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