In the 2nd Century AD The story left off last episode with reign of Emperor Trajan. We pick up with the great Emperor Hadrian into Rome’s Golden Era where 3 of 5 of the good Emperors reigned in the heights of the Empire. Or Pax Romana (Roman peace) where the borders of the massive Empire were set and nearly all of its enemies subdued, with little internal strife. But the wouldn’t last forever. (Nerva and Trajan) were last episode. Hadrian, Antoninus Pius, and Marcus Aurelius start this episode off.
In this episode at locations like the Pantheon, Arch of Constantine, Vatican Museum, and more. I go into the city during the reign of Hadrian into times of Marcus Aurelius that started good but ended in disaster with plague. I briefly go over the crisis of the 3rd Century that almost tore Rome apart. Then into Diocletian’s reforms and then Constantine’s world changing reign. Like going into detail on the battle of the Milvian Bridge on the Tiber River in the city. In 312 AD civil war with Co-Emperor Maxentius he saw a cross in the sky and credited the Christian God for victory. Which changed the entire course of the world because freedom of religion was allowed by him, including Christianity. Paving the way for the 380 AD edict by Emperor Theodosius making it the state religion of the Empire. Which in my opinion is a HUGE reason Christianity of all sects exist today.
Come to the streets of Rome with me and hear the story. If you haven’t seen the previous 4 episodes on the history of Rome I suggest you check those out. Also I take a tour on some amazing artworks inside the Vatican Museum like Imperial era Roman sculptures and an artists rendition of the Battle of Milvian Bridge. There was so much I left out in this episode but there are a lot of resources out there to learn more. And Next Episode goes into the fall of the Western Empire and big changes for the city of Rome into the future.