The Myth of the Neronian Persecution

  title={The Myth of the Neronian Persecution},
  author={Brent D. Shaw},
  journal={Journal of Roman Studies},
  pages={73 - 100}
  • B. Shaw
  • Published 14 August 2015
  • History
  • Journal of Roman Studies
ABSTRACT A conventional certainty is that the first state-driven persecution of Christians happened in the reign of Nero and that it involved the deaths of Peter and Paul, and the mass execution of Christians in the aftermath of the great fire of July 64 c.e. The argument here contests all of these facts, especially the general execution personally ordered by Nero. The only source for this event is a brief passage in the historian Tacitus. Although the passage is probably genuine Tacitus, it… Expand
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