Diocletianic Persecution of Christians



22 February 303 CE

Until Emperor Constantine's edict of Milan in 313, Christians had always been subject to discrimination and persecution in the Roman empire, the last and most severe being the Diocletianic Persecution in 303. Many individuals were willing to sacrifice their lives to their belief. Among some Christians, a certain "cult of the martyrs" emerged, exaggerating and sometimes forging the martyr's tales.

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    The "Tetrarchs", Diocletian, his co-ruler Maximian and their Caesars embracing, stood on two columns in Constantinople. They were taken as booty to Venice after the fall of Constantinople to the "Latins", the cruisaders, in 1204. Red porphiry. Corner of Church San Marco, Venice.

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    Emperor Diocletian (284-305 CE) with laurel wreath. Marble head. From Nicomedia. Roman, late 3rd Inv. 4864 T

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    Martyrdom of Saints Primus and Felician, around 297 CE under Emperor Diocletian. Canvas

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    Saint Lawrence (Laurentius) as deacon with cross, the fire on which he was martyred and the books of the four gospels. Mosaic; middle of the 5th century CE

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    The Martyrdom of Saint John the Evangelist. Around 1496/97. Woodcut, 394 x 284mm. (monogrammed)

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    Martyrdom of Saint Lawrence Canvas; 1,95 x 2,61m Cat. 2346

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    The fate of the bones of Saint John the Baptist. Outer side of the wing of the altar of Saint John, from the Johanniter Monastery in Haarlem, Netherlands. Tempera on oakwood (after 1485) Overall size 172 x 139 cm - Inv. 993

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    The fate of the bones of John the Baptist. Detail of the outer side of the wing of the altar of Saint John, from the Johanniter Monastery in Haarlem, Netherlands. Tempera on oakwood (after 1485) Overall size 172 x 139 cm - Inv. 993

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    Martyrdom of Saint Catherine. Oil on oakwood (before 1515) 27 x 44 cm Inv. 1002

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