Fall of Rome/Rise of Christianity

Different events that happened within the fall of the Roman Empire


Roman Republic is founded

509 BC


The Roman Republic was the period of the ancient Roman civilization when the government operated as a republic.

Peloponnesian War begins

431 BC


The Peloponnesian War was an ancient greek war fought by Athens an its empire against the Pelopennesian League led by Sparta.

Athens surrenders, ending the Pelopennesian War

404 BC

Julius Caesar becomes dictator for life; ending the republic

44 BC

Gaius Julius Caesar was a Roman general, statesman, Consul, and notable author of Latin prose. He played a critical role in the events that led to the demise of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire.

Jesus is born, according to Christian tradition

1 AD

Christians believe that Jesus has a "unique significance" in the world. Including that he was conceived of the holy spirit, born from a virgin, performed miracles, died by crucifixion, rose from the died and made his way to heaven. These actions made everyone believe in him and believe what he was trying to say the whole time.

Jesus crucified for challenging Roman dogma

33 AD

Nero began to officially persecute Christians

64 AD


At this date, there was a terrible fire that consumed at least 1/3 of Rome. Nero then began to blame the Christians for the terrible fire and became the first emperor to persecute Christians.

The Colosseum is completed

80 AD


Built in 80 A.D, the Colosseum has remained the largest amphitheater in the world and is considered to be Rome´s most popular tourist attraction. The Colosseum was used as a battling arena that included Man fighting to there death. These men were rarely volunteers but mostly criminals, prisoners, and slaves.

The Pax Romana ends

180 AD

The Pax Romana was the long period of relative peace and minimal expansion by military force experienced by the roman empire in the 1st and 2nd centuries AD. It lasted up to 206 years.

Diocletian divides empire

285 AD


Diocletian divided the empire into separate halves because he would believe that it would be a lot easier to control for the sake of his power of the empire. He then took over the western empire of the two halves.

Constantine ended the persecution of Christians

313 AD


The big situation with Nero was ended when Constantine saw a meaningful sign in the sky that he believed would help them win the civil war. The Romans won the civil war and the sign was then placed on almost everything including shields, flags, and armor. This situation basically changed history. That's when Constantine began to trust the Christians because the 'sign' resembled Jesus Christ.

Theodosius made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire

380 AD

Alaric (Goths) destroyed Rome

410 AD


This was the beginning of the 'Fall of the Roman Empire' when Alaric wanted his revenge on the Romans for not allowing him to be placed in a higher position of the military because he was considered a barbarian and apparently they didn't like having barbarians in the military.

Western Roman Empire collapses

476 AD


The 'Fall of the Roman Empire' was caused by everybody trying to take over and rule. Including all of the changes that all of the 'emperors' made. Plus all of the opertunities that foreign invaders had to destroy Rome because the emerpors and the citizens felt to comfortable with their (terrible) military that they had consumed.