Video from Toldinstone
"The longest ancient bridge and the tallest ancient dam. An imposing pyramid. A statue the size of a skyscraper. These are some of the Roman wonders that have vanished. If you enjoyed this video, you might be interested in my book “Naked Statues, Fat Gladiators, and War Elephants: Frequently Asked Questions about the Ancient Greeks and Romans." from video introduction.
"Ancient Rome has a captivating aura that lures modern people despite the empire’s fall centuries ago. It rivals the fascination of ancient Greece. The ancient Romans gave us Roman numerals, sewer systems, and Julius Caesar. No doubt they were an influential people with all their contributions and heroes.
But they had a dark side that is also part of their legacy. Ancient Rome was a hotbed of persecution and cruelty for Christians who lived there. Even the Apostle Paul wrote of the painful tribulations that Christians faced at the hands of the Romans.
After all, pagans were suspicious of the Christian refusal to sacrifice to the Roman gods and often believed the worst rumors about this minority group. They regarded Christianity as “superstition.”
Christians were slandered and scapegoated by the larger pagan population who found them odd, scary, and deserving of death. Christianity had a rough start and powerful enemies. But in AD 313, Emperor Constantine issued the Edict of Milan, which accepted Christianity and gave it legal status in the Roman Empire. " from the article: 10 Facts About Christianity In Ancient Rome