For this Reading Response, examine the role of Christianity in Rome. As discussed in the text book, the early Christians were persecuted and often brutally. Read the first 5 chapters of the accounts of the death of the Lactantius’s “Of the Manner in which the Persecutors Died”

http://people.ucalgary.ca/~vandersp/Courses/texts/lactant/lactperf.html

Discuss the following:

What is the perspective of the author here? What argument is he making, both in the example chose and the language he uses to express his position. Also, think about why the Romans were so intent on persecuting the Christians and what this reveals about Roman society at the tie.

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