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Definition: Religion that began small and eventually became the official religion of the Roman Empire. At first, Christians were persecuted and often killed for their beliefs because they wouldn't swear oaths to the Roman gods. Christians were put into combat against lions and gladiators. But the emperor Constantine had a change of heart while marching to do battle and decided to become a Christian. Thereafter, Christianity was tolerated and given revered status throughout the Empire.

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The Rise of Christianity
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Constantine's Conversion to Christianity
Get the details on how the emperor decided to switch gears totally and protect the very people he once despised and ordered punished.

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