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date: 27 January 2020

Milan, the Edict of (‘The Peace of the Church’) 

Source:
The Oxford Dictionary of Christian Art and Architecture
Author(s):
Tom Devonshire JonesTom Devonshire Jones, Linda MurrayLinda Murray, Peter MurrayPeter Murray

Sporadic persecution of the Christians from Nero onwards was mainly provoked by their refusal to sacrifice to the statue of the Genius of the Emperor, which they considered to be idolatry: martyrdom usually followed. The longest, and most severe, persecution was that of Diocletian and his co-Emperor Galerius, which lasted from 303 to 306 in the West and until 313 in the East. The text of this Edict—which does not seem to have been an Edict, and may not have been promulgated at Milan—is found in ... ...

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