Monday, 16 May 2011

The Great Persecution - History of Rome

The History of Rome is never less than excellent, but it shines particularly when there is a big personality about to describe.  Diocletian is certainly a big character and we hear a lot about his good points.  But like everyone, he wasn't flawless, and the persecution of the Christians was a big policy mistake.  Quite why the emperor decided to turn his ire against a harmless minority and cause a lot of totally unnecessary suffering not to say disruption we'll probably never know.

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