The Decree of Decius and the Religion of Empire

  title={The Decree of Decius and the Religion of Empire},
  author={James B. Rives},
  journal={Journal of Roman Studies},
  pages={135 - 154}
  • J. Rives
  • Published 1 November 1999
  • History
  • Journal of Roman Studies
In A.D. 249 the emperor Trajan Decius issued an edict requiring the inhabitants of the Roman Empire to sacrifice to the gods. With this decree, he also inaugurated the first empire-wide persecution of Christians. Previously, persecutions of Christians had always been local affairs determined by local conditions. Thereafter, persecutions were largely instigated by emperors and took place on an imperial scale. It has consequently become common to distinguish pre-Decian persecution, characterized… 

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