This is the 16th Chapter of History of Mankind. Read about Romans and Christians, Downfall of Roman Empire and Christianity in Rome.
ROMANS AND CHRISTIANS
Following the death of Augustus in 14 A.D., a host of weak, mad and infamous rulers like Tiberius, Caligula, and Nero ruled the Roman empire. There were repeated struggles for the throne between the generals and the emperors.
The sterling character of the Romans was gradually decaying. Passion for living a luxurious life prevailed among the ruling classes, Corruption and cruelty persisted among the rich. They amused themselves by throwing the criminals and slaves to the mercy of ferocious lions and tigers. Christians were persecuted and burnt to death for their refusal to worship emperors as gods.
After the crucifixion of Jesus in about 29 A.D., his immediate followers started preaching his religion and made converts from among the Jew and from the non-Jewish people. Peter and Paul were the two great preachers who established churches in Asia Minor and Greece.