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23 08, 2017

Roman Christians persecute the Jews

By |2019-04-01T14:09:33-07:00August 23rd, 2017|Religion, West Asia|0 Comments

A Jewish tombstone from the Roman Empire with Greek writing and menorahs (Vatican Museum, Rome) Jews in the Roman Empire From the end of the Second Jewish Revolt and the Diaspora, around 130 AD, the Jews lived more or less quietly in the Roman Empire. First Jewish Revolt Second Revolt and Diaspora All our Ancient Rome articles [...]

23 08, 2017

Pliny, Trajan, and the Christians

By |2018-04-24T23:10:19-07:00August 23rd, 2017|Religion, Romans|0 Comments

The Roman emperor Trajan (A.D. 98-117) in the Vatican. By the time that Trajan was the Roman Emperor, around 100 AD, Christianity was definitely illegal. We have some letters written by Pliny, the governor of Bithynia (in Turkey) to the Emperor Trajan, asking for advice about some Christians Pliny had found in Bithynia. Pliny understood that if the Christians confessed they [...]

22 08, 2017

Nero and the Great Fire of Rome – Christianity

By |2017-08-22T16:54:57-07:00August 22nd, 2017|Religion, Romans|0 Comments

The Roman emperor Nero In the reign of the Roman Emperor Nero, during the night between the 18th and the 19th of July, 64 AD, there was a great fire in the city of Rome. It started in a very poor area downtown called the Subura (suh-BOO-rah), and at first none of the rich people cared very [...]

22 08, 2017

What did Manichaeans believe? – Christianity

By |2018-03-19T11:55:23-07:00August 22nd, 2017|Religion, West Asia|0 Comments

Manichaean painting (Turfan, western China, ca. 900s AD) The prophet Mani in the Sassanian Empire In the 300s and 400s AD many Christians turned to believing in Manichaeism, a form of Christianity. A man named Mani started this movement in the late 200s AD. Mani lived in the Sassanian Empire, where lots of people were Zoroastrians. So Zoroastrianism [...]

21 08, 2017

Domitian and the Christians – Roman religion

By |2017-08-21T21:31:22-07:00August 21st, 2017|Religion, Romans|0 Comments

The Roman emperor Domitian, the last of the Flavian emperors After the Great Fire of Rome in 64 AD, we don't hear anything definite about the Christians for forty years. There's nothing that's for sure about Christians until the reign of the Roman Emperor Trajan, about 100 AD. But during the reign of the Emperor Domitian, in the 90s AD, some [...]

21 08, 2017

Great Persecution – History of Christianity

By |2019-07-15T17:21:25-07:00August 21st, 2017|Religion, Romans|0 Comments

The Roman emperor Diocletian, who organized the Great Persecution of Christians. (This statue would have been painted and not white.) Diocletian's policies The Roman Emperor Diocletian came to power in 284 AD. Diocletian was an army general. So he felt that a lot of the empire's problems could be solved by not allowing so much freedom. [...]

21 08, 2017

Cyprian and the Decian Persecution – Christianity

By |2019-04-30T11:51:18-07:00August 21st, 2017|Religion, Romans|0 Comments

Sacrifice certificate on papyrus from Oxyrhynchus, in Egypt, dating to the Decian persecution (about 3 inches wide) Rome celebrates 1000 Years About 249 AD, the situation of the Christians took a sharp turn for the worse. The year 247 AD marked 1000 years since the founding of the city of Rome: the Millennium. Christianity becomes illegal Tertullian and Montanus History of Christianity Roman [...]

21 08, 2017

Constantine becomes a Christian – History of religion

By |2019-04-22T20:04:16-07:00August 21st, 2017|Religion, Romans|0 Comments

The Roman emperor Constantine becomes a Christian - the first Christian emperor Constantine becomes an Emperor In 312 AD, the Great Persecution was still going on in the Eastern part of the Roman Empire (though not really in the West). But then Constantine became a Roman Emperor. He had had a vision which made him convert to Christianity. Great [...]

21 07, 2017

Buddhist monks in India and China

By |2018-10-05T06:25:00-07:00July 21st, 2017|India, Religion|0 Comments

Takht-i Bahi, a Buddhist monastery in eastern Pakistan (about 50 AD) where Buddhist monks could study Holy men and women While Gautama Buddha was still alive, about 500 BC, he had many followers. Some of these men and women in India wanted to be extra good Buddhists. So they decided to try to live as purely as they [...]