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- DescriptionImpulsore Chresto reassesses opposition to Christianity AD 50-250. The Roman authorities persecutions have caught the attention of both the public, intrigued by martyrs, and scholars, arguing that executions were relatively rare. This is t challenged, but the executions are placed in context as the most dramatic aspect of a spectrum of opposition including rumors, polemic, harassment and accusations. Such opposition was taken for granted and rarely described. When studying the preserved texts on trials against Christians, however, it appears that even here relatives, plaintiffs, spectators or local officials played crucial roles. There were as many reasons for opposition as opponents, but some motives reappear in clusters: Christians were perceived as superstitious and ungodly, as endangering peace with the gods and social order.
- Author BiographyThe Author: Jakob Engberg, Ph.D., is a historian working at the Faculty of Theology at the University of Aarhus (Denmark) teaching the History of Christianity and writing on the relations between pagans and Christians in the Roman Empire.
- Author(s)Jakob Engberg
- PublisherPeter Lang AG
- Date of Publication01/07/2007
- SubjectAncient History
- Series TitleEarly Christianity in the Context of Antiquity
- Series Part/Volume Number2
- Country of PublicationSwitzerland
- ImprintPeter Lang AG
- Weight550 g
- Width160 mm
- Height230 mm
- Translated byGregory Carter
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