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Bundle of 3 - Ancient Civilizations - Roman Empire, Christians & Gladiators

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This is a bundle of 3 highly animated, power point presentations on the Ancient Civilizations - The Roman Empire. There are a total of 66 slides in the three power point presentations, all of which are editable so you can modify the slides if you need to.

The Roman Empire is the name given to both the imperial domain developed by the city-state of Rome and the corresponding phase of that civilization, characterized by an autocratic form of government. It succeeded the 500 year-old Roman Republic, which had been weakened by the conflict between Gaius Marius and Sulla and the civil war of Julius Caesar against Pompey.

At its height around 117CE the Roman Empire spanned the whole of the Mediterranean world. Its 50 million people were connected by Roman law, customs and military might. The Roman world was generally peaceful and prosperous. There was one official language and one code of law. Soldiers guarded the frontiers and kept order within its boundaries. Proud Romans believed the empire would last forever.

The empire did not last. By the year 500, the western half of the empire had collapsed, marking the end of the ancient world and the beginning of the Middle Ages. Rome's influence on the culture, law, technology, arts, language, religion, government, military, and architecture of western civilization is a continuing legacy more than 1,000 years after the Empire ceased to exist.

Power point presentation #1, Ancient Civilizations - The Rise & Fall of the Roman Empire contains 27 slides and covers the following:

The Rise of the Roman Empire
Background (2)
First Emperors: Julius Caesar
First Emperors: Augustus
From Republic to Empire
Controlling the Empire (2)
Beginning of the End
The Fall of the Roman Empire: Western Empire
Developing Problems
Fall of Rome
The Continuation of the Eastern Empire
The Byzantine Empire
The Roman Empire: Legacy
Language & Writing
Philosophy, Law & Justice
End of Presentation

The remarkable story of Christianity’s rise to prominence occurred within the Roman Empire. The Romans had just as soon done without it. It was the local Roman authorities who were manipulated by the Jews in order to get Jesus the Christ crucified. It was the Roman soldiers who were assigned to seal the tomb to insure no "resurrection" would not happen, but it did. The soldiers when called upin to tell what had happened to the body of Jesus, could not.,

The story of Christianity's growth from a tiny, persecuted religion to the established religion in the medieval West is nothing short of impressive. It's the persecution that actually served as the impetus for the spread of the Christian gospel message. Much of what is known about that time comes from the New Testament Bible, the Book of Acts. Josephus, a prominent Jewish historian and non-believer’s, writings validate much of the accounts of the persecutions of the early followers of Christianity.

Christians were first, and horribly, targeted for persecution as a group by the Roman Emperor Nero in 64 AD. A colossal fire broke out at Rome, and destroyed much of the city. Rumors abounded that Nero himself was responsible. To divert attention from the rumors, Nero ordered that Christians were the cause of the fire and should be rounded up and killed. Some were torn apart by dogs, others burnt alive as human torches. Over the next hundred years or so, Christians were sporadically persecuted. By the mid-3rd century emperors initiated intensive persecutions.

Power point presentation #2, Ancient Civilizations - Rome & the Rise of Christianity contains 15 slides and covers the following:

Emperor Nero
Reasons for Persecutions
Pagan Persecution
Christian Martyrs
Blaming the Christians
Roman Toleration?
Other Persecuted Cults
Emperor Trajan
Constantine’s Conversion
Triumph of Christianity?
End of Presentation

Rome was also known for sport and none was more popular than the Gladiator events. Beloved by the masses and sometimes scorned by the elites, Roman gladiators were the working class heroes of antiquity. For more than 650 years, people flocked to arenas across the empire to watch these armed and highly trained warriors engage in a blood-soaked spectacle equal parts sport, theater and cold-blooded murder.

The spectacle of gladiatorial combat was initiated by wealthy Romans over 250 years before the birth of Christ as a part of the ceremonies held to honor their deceased relatives. When distinguished aristocrats died, their families would hold graveside bouts between slaves or condemned prisoners as a kind of macabre eulogy for the virtues the person had demonstrated in life. Since the Romans believed that human blood helped purify the deceased person’s soul, these contests may have also acted as a crude substitute for human sacrifice.

The spectacles proved hugely popular, and by the end of the 1st century BC, government officials began hosting state-funded games in order to enhance their prestige. The primary purpose of these life-or-death duels was to entertain the multitude of spectators that jammed the arena.

Power point presentation #3, Ancient Civilizations - The Roman Gladiators contains 24 slides and covers the following:

Early Contests
Later Contests
Typical Matches
Who Were They
Free Men
Emperor Participation
Training & Classes
Types & Weapons
Typical Day: AM
Typical Day: Noon
Typical Day: Afternoon
Fight to Death?
Thumb Signals
Animals (2)
Women Gladiators
Gladiator Brotherhood
End of Presentation

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