In A Threat to Public Piety, Elizabeth DePalma Digeser
reexamines the origins of the Great Persecution (AD 303 313), the
last eruption of pagan violence against Christians before
Constantine enforced the toleration of Christianity within the
Empire. Challenging the widely accepted view that the persecution
enacted by Emperor Diocletian was largely inevitable, she points
out that in the forty years leading up to the Great Persecution
Christians lived largely in peace with their fellow Roman citizens.
Why, Digeser asks, did pagans and Christians, who had intermingled
cordially and productively for decades, become so sharply divided
by the turn of the century?Making use of evidence that has only
recently been dated to this period, Digeser shows that a falling
out between Neo-Platonist philosophers, specifically Iamblichus and
Porphyry, lit the spark that fueled the Great Persecution. In the
aftermath of this falling out, a group of influential pagan priests
and philosophers began writing and speaking against Christians,
urging them to forsake Jesus-worship and to rejoin traditional
cults while Porphyry used his access to Diocletian to advocate
persecution of Christians on the grounds that they were a source of
impurity and impiety within the empire.
The first book to explore in depth the intellectual social
milieu of the late third century, A Threat to Public Piety revises
our understanding of the period by revealing the extent to which
Platonist philosophers (Ammonius, Plotinus, Porphyry, and
Iamblichus) and Christian theologians (Origen, Eusebius) came from
a common educational tradition, often studying and teaching side by
side in heterogeneous groups."
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