The Roman Emperor Nero is one of the most controversial figures in the history of the Roman Empire. During the early years of Nero's reign he lowered taxes and made positive changes to slavery laws. One of the most notable events that occurred during the later years was the burning of Rome in 64 A.D.Know More
Nero was 17 years old when he became the Emperor of the Roman Empire after the death of his stepfather, the Emperor Claudius in 54 A.D. Nero was a respected and fair leader during the first part of his reign. He gave slaves the right to bring complaints up against their masters and banned capitol punishment within the Empire. He also supported the arts and athletics.
In the year 59 A.D. Nero ordered his mother to be murdered due to her interference in both his personal life and political policies. After her murder Nero became known as a tyrant. He spent excess amounts of government funds on personal indulgences, and began to execute or exile members of the senate who opposed him or who he felt threatened by. In 64 A.D. the Great Fire burned for 10 days and decimated 75% of Rome. While there is no concrete proof, it is believed that Nero started the fire to make room for his new villa. Nero placed blame on the Christians and began a campaign of heavy persecution against them. These antics continued until Nero committed suicide in 68 A.D.Learn more in Ancient Rome
At its height, the Roman Empire covered much of Europe, including areas that would become Portugal, Spain, Andorra, England, France, Monaco, Luxembourg, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Italy, San Marino, Malta, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Hungary, Albania, Greece, Macedonia, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey and Armenia. It also included territory in the Middle East and Africa that later became Syria, Iraq, Cyprus, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco.Full Answer >
The Edict of Milan is considered an influential factor in the fall of the Roman Empire. Many have argued that the rise of the Christian faith, which was a direct result of the Edict of Milan, contributed to the decline of Rome. The Roman emperors Constantine I and Licinius formed the edict in Milan in February 313.Full Answer >
The expansion of the Roman Empire was based on both the advent of roads and development of advanced water systems. Rome also permitted the people they defeated in war to govern themselves as long as they remained loyal to Rome.Full Answer >
At the peak of the Roman Empire's reach, around A.D. 117, the Empire stretched as far north as modern Scotland, stretched down through Europe east into Asia as far as the border between modern day Iraq and Iran, with its southern reaches extending into northern Africa. At its height, the Roman Empire had geographic stake in up to 48 modern-day countries, including the Palestinian territories.Full Answer >