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Ancient Rome and the Rise of Christianity

A webquest adventure to explore ideas about the rise and spread of Christianity in the Ancient Roman Empire.

Ms. Mallory

on 24 October 2014

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A Webquest Exploration
Let's start with the state of Christianity in the world today
but how did it all start?
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Answer all questions in full sentences, in your OWN words, and on looseleaf if necessary.
All the information you need can be found in the resources provided. The ONLY other resources you may use are your textbook and class notes.
Remember your acceptable use of technology policy, and make wise choices regarding the internet.
Use your time wisely.
Complete your packet, and turn it in on Friday, November 30th
#1. Describe religion in Ancient Rome. What is religion? Why were Romans polytheistic? Instead of love and trust, the Romans worshiped their gods out of ________________.
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#2. Describe Judaism. How was it different from Roman polytheism? Why were the Jews persecuted?
#3. Who did Emperor Augustus proclaim to be the son of god? How might this cause tension with the Christians? About how old was Jesus when Augustus died?
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Ancient Romans were polytheistic, and accepted many different gods and goddesses, as long as they did not challenge the authority of the Roman imperial cult, or threaten the security of the Roman Empire. The Roman imperial cult is the belief in Ancient Rome that the Emperor was also a god. Emperors did not want anyone to go against this belief, and thought it might be a risk to Roman safety and security.
Judaism, the oldest living religion in the Western world, differed from other religions in this period. Jews were committed to monotheism, strongly emphasized a covenant between this one god and his chosen people, and had a strong sense of ethical responsibility.
The homeland of the Jews became the Roman province of Judea in 63 B.C.E., when the Roman general Pompey captured Jerusalem and the neighboring territories. Imperial taxes and loyalty to Rome were among the traditional demands of the conquerors, but Judaism, a monotheistic faith, forbade the worship of Rome’s rulers and Rome’s gods. Therefore, the Roman presence in Jerusalem led to fighting, unhappiness, and persecution of the Jews.
Jewish prophets foretold that one day a Messiah, “Anointed one” or Savior, would come to lead the Jews to freedom.
Fiero, Gloria K. The Humanistic Tradition. vol I. McGraw Hill. pgs 180-181.
Use the following excerpt to answer the questions:
"And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the Roman world should be taxed." - Luke 2:1
#4. Who was Emperor Nero? Who did he blame for the Great Fire of 64? Why? Is Tacitus' account a primary or secondary source? How do you know?
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#5. Who was Paul of Tarsus? Why did he travel? What does he say in his letter? Is his letter a primary or secondary source? How do you know?
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1 Therefore, having been justified by faith,
we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
2 through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand;
and we exult in hope of the glory of God.
3 And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; 4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; 5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. 6 For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die.
8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us,
in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood,
we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.
- Letter of Paul to the Romans
#6. What was the appeal of Christianity? In what ways did Christianity foster a new sense of community and belonging?
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#7. Who was Emperor Constantine? What happened at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge?
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#8. What is the Edict of Milan? Why is it important?
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