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Surname 1 Name Institution Date Cultural and Political Changes in the Roman Empire 27 B.C.E to 600 B.E. Introduction In 27 B.C.E. was an important point in Rome’s history, because it marked the end of a series of civil wars the Republic had experienced. The civil war leading to this period broke out soon after Caesar’s death and destroyed much of the Republic’s institutions (Huskinson 24). Therefore, by the time Augustus was rising to power in 27 B.C.E., he was free from much of the rivalry that had characterized the Republic in the past years, hence leading to violence. Therefore, during and after Augustus reign, Rome witnessed a lot of changes, including its transition to an empire, expansion of its territories and introduction of Christianity. Religion One change that Rome underwent related to religion, especially with the coming of Christianity. Previously, Rome was a polytheistic society, a practice they had borrowed from the Greeks. They worshiped state goods, Jupiter and Minerva among other gods. However, around 300CE, Christianity, a monotheistic religion spread from the East. Garnsey and Saller (32) note that the dalliance of the Romans with monotheism can be traced to 37B.C.E. when they conquered Jerusalem. However, even though they were interested in their religion, they were unwilling to give the Jewish deity exclusive worship, and this became a point of departure. Garnsey and Saller (33) note that a significant shift in a belief was that Christianity promised life after death and that Jesus Christ was the son of God. The impact was that the
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Surname 2 downtrodden in the Roman society, mainly the power, women and then saves felt empowered by this new religion as they were all equal before God, unlike the teachings of Rome god which insisted that men belong to different standards (Huskinson 57). The refusal of
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