I am talking about the moment christianity became the official religion of the roman empire and all that happened afterwards, including violence against anybody that did not share the christian world outlook, Inquisition, witch hunts, etc.

Violence against anybody else was happening in Ancient Rome too. Romans like Caesar decidmated entire tribes also they constantly had civil wars. During empire emperors often prosicuted those who didnt aknowladge imperial cult. Such people were killed under acusation of atheism (which didnt have modern meaning). Witch hunts aint any special christian invention either. Some "traditions" often die out and re-apear later. For example;

In 331 BC, 170 women were executed as witches in the context of an epidemic illness. Livy emphasizes that this was a scale of persecution without precedent in Rome, but smaller-scale witch-hunts. In 184 BC, about 2,000 people were executed for witchcraft (veneficium), and in 182-180 BC another 3,000 executions took place, again triggered by the outbreak of an epidemic. There is no way to verify the figures reported by Roman historiographers, but if they are taken at face value, the scale of the witch-hunts in the Roman Republic in relation to the population of Italy at the time far exceeded anything that took place during the "classical" witch-craze in Early Modern Europe. Persecution of witches continued in the Roman Empire until the late 4th century AD

Numerically? Don't forget the plague.  ;

Yes numericaly. :) In dark ages heavy plough and a three field crop rotation evolved which enabeled strong increase i populaton + there was stong highland colonisation organised by nobility and yes plague had devestating effect but not everywhere mostly strong trading areas suffered since plague came from asia via trade but plagues were widespred in Rome too. For example it is estimated that around 20% of Roman population died during Marcus Aureliuss reign thanks to the plague. I am not sure but i think Marcus died of this plague too.

Politically? We aren't politically free even now, with occupation armies all over Europe (yanks), and politics dictated from outside Europe.

Yes politicaly. Politicaly as European states controling much of the world. Britain and Russia were among largest empires.

Technology had the least to do with religion of any sort.

That is true but universities stem from monastic schools (Scholae monasticae) of monestaries from 6th century. Also we should not forget it is mostly monks who translated arabic translations of ancient greek texts. Even 17th century schoolars, etc were often monks, priests and especialy jesuits. :)

Oh wait. This is beards thread. 😮 :- I will transfere this somewhere else later. :)


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