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“Describe and trace the invention and diffusion of one important philosophy or religion studied through week 3 of this class. How and why do you believe this philosophy or religion changed as it entered a new area and interacted with new people? Since the 1st century, many religions have been born and developed throughout time. One of the more notable and successful religions, Christianity, played a big role in the development of the Roman Empire, and gained popularity and recognition as it started to spread across the globe. But how or why did this religion change as it entered a new area and interacted with new people? Although in the first few centuries AD…show more content…
The Roman senate had also suppressed the cults of Bacchus and of Magna Mater during the Republic, mainly because their behavior was louche and ‘un-Roman’ (Lindberg, 155). Bacchic revels encouraged overjoyed drunkenness and violence, and the cult of Magna Mater involved outlandish dancing and music, and was served by self-castrating priests. Under particular emperors, Christians were less liable to be punished for the mere fact of being. Under Trajan 96-98 AD, it was agreed that although admitting to Christian faith was an offense, ex-Christians should not be prosecuted (Wein, 2011). One of the supposed breakpoints in history is the ‘conversion’ of the emperor Constantine to Christianity in 312 AD. Two Christian narrators to a military campaign against a political rival, Maxentius, tied the moment of Constantine’s conversion. The conversion was the result of either a vision or a dream in which Christ directed him to fight under Christian standards, and his victory apparently assured Constantine in his faith in a new god. Although he immediately declared that Christians and pagans should be allowed to worship freely, and restored property confiscated during persecutions and other lost privileges to the Christians, these measures did not mark a complete shift to a Christian style of rule. Modern Christians treated Constantine’s conversion
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