was an agonizing method used by the Roman Empire(27 B.C.) After a period of unrest and competing generals jockeying for power, Octavian, the adopted son of Julius Caesar, becomes the first official ... more to execute slaves, rebels and others major offender to the order of the empire. In fulfillment of prophecy, this was the means by which ChristDerived from a Greek term meaning anointed and is equivalent to the word “messiah” from Hebrew roots. The anointing references the act of installi... more was crucified. Even though some early Christians referenced the cross as a symbol of their worship it was not universally used until the time of ConstantineConstantine I (c. A.D. 272–337) was a Western Roman Emperor who, after a series of civil wars, became emperor of the entire Roman Empire. He strengt... more.