CCOT Rome 100 – 600 CE
From 100 CE to 600 CE, Rome and the Roman society underwent significant changes both culturally and politically. Politically, women’s rights remained constant throughout the time period. Culturally Rome accustomed a major religion change, resulting in the predominance of Christianity, and experienced another political change as the empire economically divided.
The Roman Empire went from being united, to being politically and economically divided with Byzantium in the east, and Rome remaining in the West. The West experienced a dramatic economic decline in 285 CE. Originally, Romans were content with where they resided, but ultimately only the East was wealthy enough to maintain a strong military and economy in Constantinople, their capital. Germanic invaders, the Visigoths especially, ended any Roman controlled since of life and government in the West. From being united as one Empire to being split, and causing political turmoil between the East and the West, Rome was changed politically. On the other hand, culturally, women’s rights remained constant throughout the time period. Women maintained decent political and social rights in Rome compared to other places such as China and India. Women, especially pertinent to the upper class, could have more active participation is business and work. Many females had the right to attend a public primary school, either together or similarly with men. Women also had the right to attend religious and social festivals, just as the men were from 100-600 CE. Although limited, women had a constant cultural participation and rights.
Romans went from having multiple Greco- Roman religions and persecuting Christians, to being majorly united under Christianity, and the Church. But by 312 CE Constantine made Christianity the official religion of Rome. Christianity became popular amongst slaves, soldiers, and others in society. The major conversion from a Greco- Roman society to a...