Early Church History 27
The Great Persecution
Winter of 302-303 at Nicomedia.
Christian historian Lactantius
February 24, 303, feast of the god Terminus
Diocletian's wife Prisca and daughter Valeria
Chamberlains Gorgonius and Peter, Master Chamberlain Dorotheus
Bishop Anthimus of Nicomedia
Persecution throughout Asia Minor to Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, North Africa to Mauretania
Eusebius: Those who were supposed to be our pastors distained the paths of divine piety and inflamed their hearts in contests one with another, only adding thus to the quarrels and threats, the rivalry, the envies and hates of the times. They filled their time in striving for position in no different a manner from the princes of this world)
Council of Elvira
Giuseppe Riccotti, Age of Martyrs
Maximian, Constantius/ Diocletian, Galerius
Maxentius and Constantine
Diocletian: I have labored long and done all I could to keep the Empire together during my office. If things go wrong now, the fault is yours."
Salona, Dalmatian coast
Maxentius and Maximian (Bis Augustus)
Minervina, mother of Crispus, divorced; Fausta, daughter of Maximian, married.
November 308 meeting: Diocletian, Galerius, Maximian
Cirta in Numidia: bishop, priests, deacons, sub-deacons, lectors, and fossores: 35 complete codices
Carthage: Bishop Mensurius
Bishop Donatus, Bishop Felix, Bishop Marinus
Saints Basil and Gregory of Nyssa
Bishop Cyril of Antioch
blind Lector John
Bishop Meletius of Lycopolis to the quarry at Phoeno
"The Church of the Martyrs"
Pope Marcellinus, lapsus? vacancy from 304 - 308
priest Marcellus with 25 tituli (parishes)