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Gruesome Deaths and Celibate LivesChristian Martyrs and Ascetics$
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Aideen M. Hartney

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781904675426

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781904675426.001.0001

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Periods of Persecution

Periods of Persecution

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(p.15) Chapter 2 Periods of Persecution
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Gruesome Deaths and Celibate Lives
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Aideen M. Hartney

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781904675426.003.0002

This chapter discusses the persecution of Christians. Topics covered include Nero's instigation of the first ‘official’ persecution of Christianity and Christians; a correspondence between Pliny the Younger and the emperor Trajan, which illustrates the ad hoc methods used to persecute Christians; lapsing and apostatising Christians; and the so-called ‘great persecution’ of Christians in ad under the emperor Diocletian.

Keywords:   Christianity, Christians, Nero, Pliny the Younger, Trajan, Diocletian

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