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75,127.  In 43 A.D. the Romans landed an invasion army of 40,000 men on the Kent coast.  Just four years later they started work on a new town they called Londinium.  (Great Britain & Roman Empire)  Roman Britain from the Air, ITV 2014

 

 

31,134.  When the Romans came to Britain they brought with them more sophisticated building techniques than what we’ve ever had before.  Hadrian’s Wall here is the biggest monument that the Roman Empire left behind for us.  (England & Great Britain & Building & Roman Empire)  Fred Dibnahs World of Steam, Steel and Stone: Changing the Landscape e9

 

 

12,721.  Christianity starts as a dissident movement within Judaism – so already there’s tension between Judaism and the Jesus movement as it take place.  Certainly also, preaching about a kingdom is going to make the Romans nervous.  They have a kingdom that they’re happy with.  So we have a charismatic leader with a message that challenges both religious and secular authorities. (Christianity & Roman Empire & Jewry)  Professor Eugene Gallagher, Connecticut University

 

 

12,760.  In the early 4th century a betting man might have put his money on Christianity becoming a major religion here in the East.  But then something completely unexpected happened in the West.  A new Roman Emperor Constantine made Christianity his own.  (Christianity & Roman Empire & Catholicism)  Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity

 

 

12,790.  The problem with orchestrated Roman Christianity was that it was an alien force imposed on the people of Britain.  (Christianity & Roman Empire & Great Britain & England)  Dr Robert Beckford, Christianity: A History: Dark Ages s1e3

 

12,791.  To be a Christian king was to be part of a universal community that spread across Europe to Rome and beyond.  So there were the added benefits of trade and also cultural exchange.  To be a member of the Christian club brought enormous benefits.  But even so there was still no such thing as a united church in Britain.  (Christianity & Roman Empire & Great Britain & England)  ibid.

 

 

12,810.  312 A.D. the Roman Emperor Constantine leads an army against a rival for the throne.  At stake the future of the Roman Empire ... Constantine adopts Christianity and begins to defeat the enemy.  (Christianity & Rome & Roman Empire)  Rivals of Jesus

 

12,811.  At the Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D. Constantine solidifies the Christian Church and makes it a single hierarchy with himself as leader.  Constantine and his hand-picked Bishops will determine which gospels are considered sacred and which will be forbidden.  Constantine makes Christianity legal.  (Christianity & Rome & Roman Empire & Gospels)  ibid.  

 

 

12,924.  The papacy is not other than the ghost of the deceased Roman Empire, sitting crowned upon the grave thereof.  (Catholicism & Roman Empire & Pope)  Thomas Hobbes 1588-1679, Leviathan

 

 

26,042.  The Roman Empire was built and sustained by a vast army.  At its park 450,000 men patrolled Pax Romana.  (War & Roman Empire)  Professor Saul David, Bullets, Boots and Bandages: How to Really Win at War I: Staying Alive, BBC 2012

 

 

30,044.  Even to war-hardened Roman soldiers, the Druids appeared a terrifying spectacle.  (Great Britain & England & Roman Empire)  Neil Oliver, Sacred Wonders of Britain II

 

 

30,045.  This new religion was undercover and banned in the Roman empire.  (Great Britain & England & Christianity & Roman Empire)  Neil Oliver, Sacred Wonders of Britain III, BBC 2014

 

 

30,129.  You have to start with the Roman.  Because it was they who brought civilisation to Britain for the first time.  (Great Britain & England & Roman Empire)  Michael Wood, The Great British Story: A People’s History: Britannia 1/8 BBC 2012

 

30,131.  Roman letters found on Hadrian’s Wall give us the voices of ordinary Britons.  (Great Britain & England & Roman Empire)  ibid.

 

30,132.  People enjoyed all the benefits of being Roman citizens.  (Great Britain & England & Roman Empire)  ibid.

 

30,133.  At the fall of Rome the Roman army went but the people carried on.  (Great Britain & England & Roman Empire)  ibid.

 

 

30,202.  A strong society with a unique and lasting culture.  The Roman colonisation was supposed to have erased the ancient Britons ... But I don’t believe our ancient culture was overwhelmed as easy as that.  (England & Anglo-Saxons & Roman Empire & Arthur & Dark Ages & Great Britain)  Dr Francis Pryor, Britain AD: King Arthur’s Britain I

 

30,203.  Far from a dark age this was a time of huge creativity and development.  (England & Anglo-Saxons & Roman Empire & Arthur & Dark Ages & Great Britain)  ibid.

 

30,204.  Arthur is the ultimate commodity, a ready-made hero who has been hijacked by history.  (England & Anglo-Saxons & Roman Empire & Arthur & Dark Ages & Great Britain)  ibid.

 

30,205.  Archaeologists are starting to radically rethink the Roman invasion of Britain.  (England & Anglo-Saxons & Roman Empire & Arthur & Dark Ages & Great Britain)  ibid.

 

30,206.  Pre-Roman Britain was in fact a collection of often feudal tribal kingdoms.  (England & Anglo-Saxons & Roman Empire & Arthur & Dark Ages & Great Britain)  ibid.

 

30,207.  Britain turned its back on Rome and turned to an independent future.  (England & Anglo-Saxons & Roman Empire & Arthur & Dark Ages & Great Britain)  ibid.  

 

 

30,262.  Cracks were starting to appear in that empire’s authority.  (England & Roman Empire)  Julian Richards, Stories From the Dark Earth: Meet the Ancestors Revisited: Pagans of Roman Britain, BBC 2013

 

 

30,271.  So why did the Romans come here to the edge of the world and run the gauntlet of all these ominous totems?  There was the lure of treasure of course.  (Great Britain & England & Treasure & Roman Empire)  Simon Schama, A History of Britain: Beginnings

 

30,272.  In 55 B.C. Julius Caesar launched his galleys across the Channel.  (Great Britain & England & Roman Empire)  ibid.  

 

30,273.  If we can now imagine Hadrian’s Wall as not such a bad posting it’s because our sense of what life was like at the time has been transformed by one of the most astonishing finds of recent archaeology: the so-called Vindolanda Tablets.  Scraps of Roman correspondence.  (Great Britain & England & Roman Empire)  ibid.

 

 

30,382.  The Romans changed the face of England.  (Great Britain & England & Roman Empire)  David Dimbleby, Seven Ages of Britain 1/7: Age of Conquest

 

 

30,413.  A war with no sign of an end.  The Romans have stirred up a ferocious foe – our ancestors.  The Romans consider Britain a land of barbarians.  (Great Britain & England & Roman Empire)  The British I: Treasure Island

 

30,415.  In A.D. 58 one of Rome’s most feared generals lands on British soil.  (Great Britain & England & Roman Empire)  ibid.

 

30,416.  A fertile land kept warm and wet by the Gulf Stream.  (Great British & England & Roman Empire)  ibid.

 

30,417.  The Druids ferment resistance to the Roman invasion.  (Great Britain & England & Roman Empire)  ibid.

 

30,418.  Britain is transformed – new roads are built.  (Great Britain & England & Roman Empire)  ibid.

 

30,419.  Urbanised Britons begin dressing and behaving like Romans.  (Great Britain & England & Roman Empire)  ibid.

 

30,420.  It’s a slow death but Roman authority in Britain is collapsing.  (Great Britain & England & Roman Empire)  ibid.

 

 

56,476.  Now it was the Romans who decided who ruled Jerusalem.  (Jerusalem & Roman Empire)  Simon Sebag Montefiore, Jerusalem: The Making of a Holy City: Wellspring of Holiness 1/3 BBC 2011

 

56,482.  By the sixth century Rome had fallen and Jerusalem was now ruled by Byzantium, the capital of the eastern Roman empire.  (Jerusalem & Roman Empire)  ibid.

 

 

57,858.  The year is 49 B.C.  Civil war rages across the Roman Empire.  The violence spills into nearby Egypt where a teenage girl is thrust on to the throne of this mystical kingdom.  She’ll go on to become one of the key power players of ancient history.  Military might is not the only secret of her success.  (Egypt & Roman Empire & Gods)  Mystery Files: Cleopatra  

 

57,859.  Perhaps the key component of her legend as a magical Eastern temptress: is it possible the Romans like the Egyptians believe that a pharaoh is a god in human form?  (Egypt & Roman Empire & Gods)  ibid.

 

57,860.  In an age of deep religious conviction Romans would have been in awe of Egypt’s mystical past, and of the bizarre gods that watch over Cleopatra.  To the Romans, Egypt is mysterious, exotic and frightening.  (Egypt & Roman Empire & Gods)  ibid. 

 

 

57,862.  Egypt is progressively being brought in to the Roman sphere of influence.  (Egypt & Roman Empire)  Professor Valerie Higgins, American University of Rome

 

 

59,454.  The Roman Church ... pushed itself into the place of the Roman world-empire, of which it is the actual continuation ... The Pope, who calls himself ‘King’ and ‘Pontifex Maximus’, is Caesar’s successor.  (Vatican & Roman Empire)  Adolf Harnack, What is Christianity? p270

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