(Matthews, 183) Later, sculpture consisted more of religious portrayals "Christ in Glory with Four Evangelists" (Matthews 235) The Ascension and the Mission to the Apostles. (Matthews 238) In a sense the Christian church within the Roman Empire influenced Europe. The literature and architecture of Rome was influenced by the presence of the Christians. The influence of this is still regarded today. We regard these works today -- e.g.
Christianity: A rise in the Classical Period Even though Christianity developed later than many other religions, and caught on slowly, its ideas were very popular. Some people were disagreeing with Judaism, and therefore reformed their ideas to fit with those of Christianity. Paul of Tarsus (5 c. e. - 67 c. e) was considered the most important religious leader in the developing and spreading of Christian beliefs. For Paul to prove that Christianity is for all people, he wrote letters and epistles. The appeal of Paul’s letters to the Romans helped spread Christianity by setting a universal foundation to different communities all over Europe.
Nusrat Kayser March 18, 2014 Art History Essay Topic 13 History plays a very important role in the development of art and architecture. Over time people, events, and religion, have contributed to the evolution of art. Christianity has become a very common and well established religion, however, in the past it was hidden and a few people would worship this religion secretly. Gradually, Christianity became a growing religion and it attracted many converts from different social statuses. Christian art was highly influenced by the Greco-Romans, but it was immensely impacted by the establishment of the Edict of Milan in the year 313 AD.
Hence, under the reign of Constantine the Great, Christianity became an important religion in Rome, and it also grew to became an influential religion in Europe and the Western countries. There were many changes that were noticed in Constantine’s rule after his conversion to Christianity. Also, the experiences of his non-christian counter parts describe the strength of the Christianity as a religion and how it influenced the subjects in Constantine’s time. The battle at Milia Bridge was an important and significant turning point in the history of Christianity as a religion because this is when Constantine becomes devoted to the religion. Constantine and Cicinnus were two men beloved to God and hence, God proved their ally and helped them defeat their foes (Eusebius, 359).
Geography usually plays a big role in determining the success of developing cultures. According to Michael Gough, who wrote The Early Christians, this was the case for Christianity because the "geography [...] determined the direction and rate of spread of the new religion." However, with a good geography comes great diversity as well. For instance, at the time, the three most influential religions of the orient were the pagan ones known as Cybele, Isis, and Mithraism. L.P. Wilkinson, in his book The Roman Experience, discusses how Mithraism had parallels to Christianity in the sense that they acknowledged an immaculate conception of a savior, took part in baptismal ceremony and a sacramental meal, and they believed they would be resurrected after death .
When the viewpoint of soldiers became the thought of many Romans, the military enrollment grew and the Roman army strengthened. As the Roman army grew, the ability to expand the empire increased as well. Through the expansion of the Roman Empire, Christianity became the main state religion in western civilizations. Through the rule of Constantine and Theodosius, Christianity became the state religion for the Roman Empire after the fourth century. The Roman Empire became unified and rose to power due to the unification of church and state through Christianity.
This helped to stamp out heresies in the church, and help Christianity to pick up even more. At this time the emperor was a man by the name of Constantine. He was the first Roman emperor who converted to Christianity. The most significant thing about this is he made Christianity the official religion of his empire. Christianity went from being a minority sect, to the religion of the most powerful empire in the world.
The Rise of Christianity Christianity is one of the largest ancient religion in the world. It was a small part of the Judaism at the beginning, and it grew up very quickly in the later hundreds of years. The Roman rule caused some conflicts and unrest in Judaea. These native factors also helped the spreading of Christianity in that anxiety age. Augustus appointed Herod as the king of the Judaea and kept the stability, but the Jews were still hated the king.
Christianity in the Middle Ages Christianity played a major role throughout the Middle Ages in society and politics. The Middle Ages, classified from 600 AD to 1350 AD, was significantly effected by Christianity because of the impact it had on the daily lives of people of the time. The beginning of the Early Middle Ages, after the Fall of Rome in 476 AD and the period known as the Dark Ages, the reorganization of the empire brought a desire for faith and religion, primarily Christianity. This trend of Christian importance was apparent until 1350, when the Black Death caused the end of a systematized era. The church is often viewed, during this period of time, as a center of corruption, greed, and evil, with materialistic popes and unholy acts.
The first Christian Church (the Orthodox Church) came to be in the Late Roman Empire because of Jesus of Nazareth, and the first Christian Emperor Constantine. The messages Jesus wanted to reach his disciples were this: brotherhood, equality, elevation of the poor, and anti-materialism. He preached a lifestyle that changed mankind, and gave people hope. Jesus gave the people of the Late Roman Empire some hope, and guided them through times of need. On the other hand you have the Catholic Church in Medieval Europe, with a lot of power in the medieval society.