Christian martyrs in the Colosseum

Christian martyrs in the Colosseum

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Regarding the martyrdom of Christians at the Colosseum it has to be remembered that history is often written by the victors. Without being excessively revisionist, the persecution of Christians was concentrated around a number of particular periods and circumstances. Roman culture had always been inclusive, actively supporting the continuance of the divinities of the people they absorbed or indeed foreign influences. However, monotheistic religion, like Christianity, posed the singular issue of not having space for any divinity other than the one God. This meant betrayal of the Emperor and the Roman divinities which was expected of all subjects.

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