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the five emperors that succeeded Julius Caesar; includes Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, and Nero
Augustus' step son who spent most of his reign secluded on an island letting his Praetorian Guard rule the empire
the physically deformed emperor who did an excellent job ruling before being killed by his wife
Bread and Circuses
the coliseum; symbolizes the idea that the loyalty of the Roman people can be bought
he believed that the empire had grown too big and established borders to limits Roman influence
the philosopher king who spent most of his reign dealing with Germanic invasion and disease
the emperor of Rome who split the empire in half to make it more manageable and instituted the greatest Christian persecution in history
a general who rode into Rome and placed the child emperor Romulus Augustulus in a monastery to end the Roman empire in 476
the first official leader of the Christian movement after the death of Christ. he was crucifed upside down by Nero
worship centered around this practice with bread and wine; taken from the last supper of Jesus
a symbolic cleansing of sin that was normally used to initiate children into the Christian faith
Council of Nicea
325; a council of early Christian leaders called by Constantine to standardize Christian practices
a bishop who's questioning of the perfection of god caused a huge split in early Christian thought
the theologian that described heaven and spoke of the absolute authority of religious leaders over secular ones
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