History of Christianity

Persecution of Christians
The Christian Martyrs' Last Prayer ©Jean-Léon Gérôme
303 Jan 1 - 311

Persecution of Christians

Rome, Metropolitan City of Rom

There was no empire-wide persecution of Christians until the reign of Decius in the 3rd century. The last and most severe persecution organised by the imperial Roman authorities was the Diocletianic Persecution, 303–311. The Edict of Serdica was issued in 311 by the Roman Emperor Galerius, officially ending the persecution Christians in the East.

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