Painting of lions and a tiger entering the Roman Colosseum
Start: August 30, 2017 5 p.m.
End: August 30, 2017 6 p.m.
Location: Art and Journalism Building, Room 175

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Sandi Garcia
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Christians had to endure relentless, violent persecution from Roman emperors for three hundred years until Constantine made it a Christian Empire. At least, that’s what most people today think about relations between Christians and the Roman government—but how well does actual ancient evidence corroborate this narrative.

In this talk Prof. David DeVore of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona will go through case studies for how a few isolated incidents of violence against Christians were distorted into a clash between church and state. The subject offers an engaging illustration for how to use history to probe a widely-held myth.

This event is free and open to the public.

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