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Christianity and the Roman Empire, Part Two

Posted August 20th, 2017 at 05:10 PM by Valens
Updated October 19th, 2017 at 02:00 PM by Valens

The Crisis of the Third Century and Roman Religion

The third century had, in many ways, been a tumultuous time for the Roman state. The deep political crisis of Augustus' Principate had many subtle (and some not so much) consequences on the overall Roman society and the Classical civilization as a whole.

The problems that would come to trouble the Roman state and people in the third century had surfaced much earlier, arguably during the early Principate already. ...
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Christianity and the Roman Empire - Part One

Posted February 8th, 2017 at 12:27 PM by Valens
Updated October 19th, 2017 at 02:19 PM by Valens

Introduction

There has rarely been a question so popular and controversial among historians, researchers, philosophers and theologians, as the relationship between the Roman state and Christianity.

Without doubt, the very importance of the matter for the world history makes it a heated, and sometimes even divisive subject among both scholars and laymen.

This blog post will provide my personal perspective on this particularly complex topic. It is not
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Chronology of Roman Emperors AD 395 - 610

Posted July 19th, 2015 at 07:47 AM by Valens
Updated July 19th, 2015 at 10:13 AM by Valens

After my list of Roman Emperors from Augustus to Theodosius, covering the Principate and the Dominate periods of Roman history, here is a list of Roman Emperors from the definite split of the Empire in 395, to 610 and the reign of Phocas.

This list will cover the last Emperors of the Western Empire, and continue with the Emperors in the East, because - contrary to popular opinion, Roman Empire did not simply 'fall' in 476.




EMPEROR / BORN, DATE,...
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Chronology of Roman Emperors BC 27 - AD 395

Posted July 17th, 2015 at 06:23 PM by Valens
Updated February 8th, 2017 at 10:43 AM by Valens

Here is the list of Roman Emperors based on the manner of their death. The list starts with Augustus, and ends with Theodosius I in 395 AD when the Empire was finally split between his sons Arcadius and Honorius.


EMPEROR / BIRTH DATE AND LOCATION / REIGN / DATE OF DEATH, CAUSE AND LOCATION / TIME IN OFFICE


- THE PRINCIPATE -


1 AUGUSTUS
IMPERATOR CAESAR DIVI FILIVS AVGVSTVS / September 23, 63 BC, Rome, Italy / BC 27 -...
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Legacy of Augustus, Constantine I and Diocletian

Posted July 1st, 2015 at 11:45 AM by Valens
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While composing the list of the Emperors who left the most enduring impact upon the Roman world and the Roman state the criteria I had on mind was political shrewdness, ability to create a sustainable and relatively stable political, social and economic system which would enable the Empire to function properly and survive turbulent events, which the Roman Empire always had in abundance.
Altogether, I've measured the impact a particular Emperor had on Roman state and the Roman world as a...
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