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A Threat to Public Piety: Christians, Platonists, and the Great Persecution

Elizabeth DePalma Digeser


This book re-examines the origins of the Great Persecution (AD 303–313), the last eruption of pagan violence against Christians before Constantine enforced the toleration of Christianity within the Empire. Challenging the widely accepted view that the persecution enacted by Emperor Diocletian was largely inevitable, the book points out that in the forty years leading up to the Great Persecution Christians lived largely in peace with their fellow Roman citizens. Why, the book asks, did pagans and Christians, who had intermingled cordially and productively for decades, become so sharply divided ... More

Keywords: pagans, Persecution, Christians, Christianity, Diocletian, Platonists, Iamblichus of Chalcis, Porphyry of Tyre, Christian theologians

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780801441813
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801441813.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth DePalma Digeser, author
University of California