Ancient History & Civilisation

Early Christianity and Paganism 1902

Early Christianity and Paganism 1902

1902. The story of the early Church and its relations with Pagans, from AD 64 to the peace of the Church in the 4th century. A narration mainly based upon contemporary records and remains. Contents: Introduction; First stages; Nero; The Church in Rome after Nero; Saint John and Polycarp; Ignatius of Antioch; Trajan and Hadrian; Revival of Paganism; Christians under the Antonines; Martyrdoms; After the Antonines; Catacombs of Rome; Inner life of the Church; From Decius to Diocletian; Diocletian; Constantine the Great; From Paganism to Christianity; After the peace of the Church.

Introduction

Chapter I. First Stages - Section I. THE BEGINNINGS OF CHRISTIANITY

Section II. THE JEW IN ROME

Chapter II. Nero - Section I. THE PERSECUTION OF NERO

Section II. EFFECTS OF THE PERSECUTION OF NERO

Chapter III. The Church in Rome after Nero

Chapter IV. John and Polycarp - Section I. John

Section II. Polycarp

Chapter V. Ignatius of Antioch

Chapter VI. Trajan and Hadrian - Section I. PLINY AND TRAJAN

Section II. HADRIAN: FIRST PERIOD

Section III. HADRIAN: THE TRAGEDY OF THE JEWS

Section IV. CHRISTIAN LIFE UNDER HADRIAN AS PRESENTED BY EARLY CHRISTIAN APOLOGISTS

Section V. THE PERSECUTION IN THE LAST YEARS OF HADRIAN

Chapter VII. The Revival of Paganism - Section I. THE ROMAN RELIGION

Section II. THE AUGUSTAN AWAKENING

Section III. THE DEIFICATION OF THE EMPERORS

Section IV. SACERDOTAL CORPORATIONS

Section V. THE ADMISSION OF FOREIGN DEITIES AMONG THE OLD GODS OF ROME

Section VI. THE PHILOSOPHERS AND THE PAGAN REVIVAL

Chapter VIII. Christians Under the Antonines

Chapter IX. A Chapter of Martyrdoms - Section I. INTRODUCTORY

Section II. A STATE TRIAL OF ACCUSED CHRISTIANS IN ROME

Section III. THE PRISON LIFE BEFORE A MARTYRDOM

Section IV. MARTYRS OF LYONS AND VIENNE, A. D. 177

Section V. ROME IN THE LATTER YEARS OF MARCUS

Chapter X. After the Antonines - Section I. AT THE CLOSE OF THE SECOND CENTURY

Section II. SEVERUS AND CARACALLA

Section III. FROM CARACALLA TO DECIUS, A. D. 211 TO A. D. 249

Chapter XI. The Catacombs of Rome - Section I. ORIGIN OF THE CATACOMBS

Section II. HISTORY OF THE CATACOMBS

Section III. ART OF THE CATACOMBS

Chapter XII. Inner Life of the Church - Section I. ROME, HIPPOLYTUS AND CALLISTUS

Section II. CARTHAGE: TERTULLIAN

Section III. ALEXANDRIA: CLEMENT AND ORIGEN

Chapter XIII. From Decius to Diocletian - Section I. CARTHAGE: CYPRIAN

Section II. ROME

Section III. THE ROMAN EMPERORS

Chapter XIV. Diocletian - Section I. FIRST PERIOD: DIOCLETIAN AND MAXIMIAN

Section II. SECOND PERIOD: THE DIVIDED EMPIRE

Section III. REVIEW OF THE PERSECUTION

Section IV. AUTHORITIES

Chapter XV. Constantine the Great - Section I. THE RISE OF CONSTANTINE

Section II. THE CONVERSION OF CONSTANTINE

Section III. AFTER THE EDICT OF MILAN

Chapter XVI. From Paganism to Christianity - Section I. THE CHANGE

Section II. TYPICAL STUDIES: PRUDENTIUS, PAULINUS OF NOLA, MARTIN OF TOURS, DAMASUS, BISHOP OF ROME

Chapter XVII. After the Peace of the Church - Section I. CHRISTIANITY AND THE FALL OF THE EMPIRE

Section II. THE MONASTIC DEVELOPMENT