Improving Medical Care
Contributed by David Verne
A medical school is established in Rome this year and establishes better and standardized medical practices. Doctors were not regarded very highly outside of the legions. Many "doctors" were quacks because anyone could call themselves a doctor whether they had received any medical training or not. If their methods were successful they gained more patients, and if they weren't, they found themselves dragged to court. 
The Death of Hyacinth
Contributed by Southpaw Ben
Born in AD 96, Hyacinth only became well known because of his death and the rise of christianity. According to Christian lore, both Orthodox and Catholic, he was raised in a Christian family and became an assistant for the Chamberlain (who was incharge of managing the royal household) of Emperor Trajan due to his friendly manner and being articulate for his age, and moved to Rome from his home in central Turkey as a result. His Christian beliefs left him at odds with the rest of the royal courts and as such, refused to join in the sacrifices to the Roman gods. This caused him to stand out and be prosecuted for his faith. The Emperor decided to both punish him and test his faith by imprisoning him and only offering him meat that had be sacrificed to idols as food. During this time, this food was forbidden for Christians to eat according to their doctrine at this time. Hyacinth, however, refused to eat and eventually starved to death in defiance. Today, both the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches view him as a martyr and saint. His remains were returned to his home in central Turkey. Today, however, they reside in an abbey in Germany.