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Discover Ancient Rome by Deborah Kops

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7 During the half century before his rule, there had been at least twenty emperors, and many of them had died violently. Still more violence erupted on Rome’s borders. Germanic tribes in the north threatened to invade the empire. In the east, the Sassanid people of Persia took Mesopotamia, and the Dacians won their independence. To help bring stability, Diocletian divided the Roman Empire into eastern and western regions and appointed three men to help him run it. Diocletian also doubled the number of provinces in order to make it easier to collect taxes.

He claimed to have a relationship with God that was more personal than that experienced by traditional Jews. He preached that God’s kingdom would soon be established on Earth. These teachings created both enthusiasm and fear 4 among his listeners. When Jesus traveled south to Jerusalem, some Jewish leaders and Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Judaea, arranged to have him arrested and tried for treason. Jesus was nailed to a cross, a punishment that was given to rebels, and died.

Antony had a powerful ally on his side—Cleopatra, the queen of Egypt, who was Antony’s lover. c. when Antony and Cleopatra moved troops to Greece, Octavian, leading the Roman forces, trapped them at Actium, a strip of land off the coast of Greece. Antony and Cleopatra fled to Egypt and, deciding that they were doomed, they killed themselves. Octavian was now the leader of Rome. Within a year, that empire included Egypt. Rome now commanded the lands of the Mediterranean and the Middle East. « 32 » From Republic to Empire In this famous statue of Augustus, the creator of the Pax Romana, stands in a triumphant pose like one often used in sculptures of great athletes.

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