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The accounts of the martyrdom of Paul can be grouped into two main narratives: one centered solely around Paul, and the other addressing the joint martyrdoms of Peter and Paul. There is variation…

Date: 57-69 CE
Type of Persecution: Imprisonment, Decapitation
Nature of Conflict: Romans against Christians
Participants: Paul, Nero, Patroclus, Titus, Luke, Peter, Simon the Sorcerer

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Unlike in the cases of many other early Christian martyrs, the account of Matthew’s martyrdom is not generally agreed upon. Many different accounts exist, and they do not reach a consensus; some…

Date: 60 CE
Type of Persecution: Burned at the Stake, Stabbed, Decapitation
Nature of Conflict: Romans against Christians, Other
Participants: Matthew, Fulvanus/Fulbanus/Bulphamnus, Festus/Augustus, Candacis, Ephigenia

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Near the time of her death, Agnes was still a girl. Although she was old enough to be married, she had no desire to do so. Her only true love was her God, so she resisted attempts to force her into…

Date: 304 CE
Type of Persecution: Decapitation
Nature of Conflict: Romans against Christians
Participants: Agnes

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Two texts stand out as the orthodox accounts of the martyrdom of Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage. The first is The Life and Passion of Cyprian, written by Cyprian’s deacon, Pontius. The other is Acts of…

Date: 258 CE
Type of Persecution: Decapitation
Nature of Conflict: Romans against Christians
Participants: Cyprian, Galerius Maximus, Valerian, Gallienus, Julian, Donatus, Julian the Deacon, Julian the Presbyter, Donatus, Macrobius Candidianus

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There is little known about Felix of Thibiuca, and there is only one martyrdom account, The Acts of Saint Felix Bishop and Martyr. According to this account, Diocletian issued an edict that forced all…

Date: 303 CE
Type of Persecution: Decapitation
Nature of Conflict: Romans against Christians
Participants: Felix of Thibiuca, Magnilianus, Aper, Cyril, Vitalis, Vincentius Celsinus, Anulinus

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Anulinus, the proconsul of Carthage, sent out Roman magistrates to gather up Christians. They come to a certain estate where all of those gathered claim to be Christians. The crowd is threatened with…

Date: 304 CE
Type of Persecution: Decapitation, Other
Nature of Conflict: Romans against Christians
Participants: Maxima, Donatilla, Secunda, Anulinus, Maximian

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Simeon, bishop of the City of Selucia-Ctesiphon, refused to collect taxes for the Sasanian (Persian) Empire. As a result he is brought before the king, Shapur II, to answer for his crimes. When…

Date: 339-345 CE
Type of Persecution: Decapitation
Nature of Conflict: Persians against Christians
Participants: Simeon bar Sabba’e, Shapur II, Gushtazad, Pusiq
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