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Rise of the Roman Empire
Rome was no longer a republic; Augustus was a dictator. (Augustus means honored and majestic.) Augustus restored order to Rome. During the Pax Romana period there were 200 years of peace within Rome - 27 BC to 180 AD. The Empire extended from Britain to Asia Minor. Many aspects of Rome changed and the Romans expanded on Greek Culture. Augustus died in 14 AD. (During his time Jesus was born.)
The Successors of Augustus
Tiberius (14 - 37 AD)
Caligula (37 - 41 AD)
Caligula also became increasingly obsessed with killing for pleasure. He would feed slaves to his twelve pet lions when lion food was short, and he would have his guards kill people for the smallest reasons - like not smiling at him. Caligula would close down the granaries just for fun so the people would starve, and then would laugh as they rioted. Then he would set the army after them to beat them to death. "Let them hate me, as long as they fear me."
Caligula was killed by his own soldiers when he had stopped to watch a theater group practice. He needed the diversion because of a stomachache he had gotten from a night of banqueting. Caligula was surrounded by a group of assassins. The first one hit him across the jaw with a club. As he fell to the ground, he taunted them by saying he was still alive, Strike again! They did, with an entire group of swordsmen.
Claudius (41 - 54 AD)
Nero (54 - 68 AD)
Nero blamed the burning of Rome on the Christians and started persecuting them. Probably, the persecution started because the Jews and Christians did not get along because the Christians kept trying to get the Jews to convert. The Romans hated "Disturbances of the Peace," and went after those who caused them. Nero killed himself in 68 AD.
Military Leaders (after a year of chaos)
Vespasian (69 - 79 AD)
The Good Emperors (after Titus and Domitian)
Nerva (96 AD)
Hadrian (117 - 138 AD)
Marcus Aurelius (161
- 180 AD)
Historical Periods of
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