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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

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

Aideen M. Hartney

Liverpool University Press

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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