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Constatine the Great

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Constantine the Great

Constantine was born in Naissus, Upper Moesia, on February 27th in roughly AD 285.  In about 312 A.D. Constantine gained power. He continued Diocletian’s ideas and reforms, and he also changed history. Constantine aloud Christians to be tolerated. He encouraged the growth of Christianity and guaranteed success. He built the capital Constantinople on the strait that connects the Mediterranean and Black seas. Constantine made the eastern part of the empire strong by making the capital in the east.
The western empire weakened, but the east was strong for centuries. Diocletian and Constantine revived the economy, and increased the power of the government. They held the empire together for another century, but could not keep the empire from its long-term decline.  Constantine died on May 22nd AD 337 at the imperial villa at Ankyrona from illness.

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Pompeii

By Michelle Hughes

In A.D. 79 Mt.Vesuvius erupted. Pompeii was shadowed by Mt.Vesuvius. Within two days Pompeii had disappeared. Before the eruption, Pompeii had the fanciest homes, beautiful mosaic floors, and colorful murals. Pompeii was a wealthy and busy town. The townspeople of Pompeii, a rich Roman resort town, felt tremors but weren’t scared. No one could remember the last time Mt.Vesuvius exploded, so they didn’t know what was coming. Mt.Vesuvius exploded with hot liquid rock,and bursted ash and rocks into the air. Lightning bolts and clouds of ash filled the sky. As the ash started to fall, people tried to run away to their cellars. Most people were suffocated and buried in ash. Rain hardened the ash, making perfect molds of people, which are still in great condition today.

Cast of a body from A.D. 79

Cast of a body from A.D. 79

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Julius Caesar

By: Jasmine Kayyali
“Veni, vidi, vici…..Veni, vidi, vici.” Julius Caesar was an ambitious military commander. He controled Rome’s politics with Pompey for a while. In 59 b.c. him and his army set out to make new conquests. After nine years he completed the conquest of Gual, which is now France. He didnt listen to Pompey to stop the fighting and secretly kept on fighting and that lead to a civil war. He moved around saying ” Veni, vidi, vici” which is a faming saying “I came, I saw, I conquered.” He then came back and forced the senate to make him dictator. He was the absolute ruler of Rome.

Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

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