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Church and Empire
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This essay will investigate the relations between the Christian church and the Roman Empire in the patristic age, mainly from the institutional point of view. It will first examine the possible reasons for the persecution of Christians in the empire, vetting the information regarding the senatusconsultum under Tiberius, attested by Tertullian, by the Acts of Apollonius, …

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Ramelli, Ilaria L.E., “Church and Empire”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 30 November 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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