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Life in Ancient Rome became the basis for many styles of living today From the technology of aqueducts to the battle tactics of the military life these days has many beginnings in Rome One such beginning was the rise of the Christian religion Although the exact beginning date on which Christianity began is very vague historians believe the birth date of Jesus of Nazareth was between 4 BCE and 1CE Shortly after his birtharound 6 CEthe Jewish homeland of Judea known todayas Israel was put under direct Roman rule The insensitivity of Roman governors to the Jewish belief in one God monotheism increased tensions Jesus a young carpenter from Galilee was offended by seeing Jewish religious and political leaders excessive concern with money and power and by the perfunctory nature of mainstream Jewish religious practice in his time To help put an end to the corruption he prescribed a return to the personal faith and spirituality of an earlier age Jesus attracted attention and was eventually taken in front of Emperor Pontius Pilate His crime in the eyes of the State was meeting together without permission and refusing to worship the gods The Roman government saw them as dealing with a minor problem or indirect threat to Roman power and therefore imprisoned condemned and crucified Jesus His followers also known as apostles or disciples carried on and spread his teachings of mercy gentleness loving-kindness and charity after his death and resurrection between CE 30 and CE 36 Paul of Tarsus also know at Saint Paul was the most effective of these followers in spreading the new religious teachings Paul who held Roman citizenship is known for spreading the word from Palestine into the empire He spoke both Greek and Aramaic therefore he was able to reach a lot of different people within the Greco-Roman and Jewish worlds The Christian religion continued to grow despite persecution In CE 64 Christians were killed for their beliefs
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