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Gradually, gladiatorial contests became increasingly bloody, and at times fighting even broke out amongst the spectators. At this time, the Roman Empire was little more than a giant with feet of clay, whose rule was contested in many parts of the Empire: the frontiers were under attack from the Barbarians, and within the Empire, there was a growing threat from Christians whose values had little regard for Pagan pleasures. The Emperor Theodosius declared Christianity the state religion in 391. Former pagan temples were transformed into churches and the violence of the Roman Games was called into question.

Titre de l'évènement: 
The end of the Roman Games
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4th century AD
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