A complex subject for sure – but interesting. We seeone of the great cultures of antiquity in its death throes and, simultaneously,one of the world’s great religions becoming established inside it. As interesting as the subject matter is we still findthe study of early Christianity fraught with problems, including alack of original sources, bias on the part of Christians for their cause, biasagainst them by their enemies, and changes within the church’s perception ofitself and its mission.
In the year 300 AD, Christianity was a minority religion in the Roman Empire, practiced by perhaps ten percent of the population. In good years it was discriminated against; in bad years it was persecuted. By 400 AD, a century later...
History of the Ancient World: Cultural History of the Lunar and Solar Eclipse in the Early Roman Empire.
History of the Ancient World: The environment, Christianity, and the Roman Empire: an ecological interpretation. [thesis from Humboldt State]
@The Archaeology of the Mediterranean World The Archaeology of Religion and Culture in Late Antique Greece http://mediterraneanworld.wordpress.com/2013/11/26/the-archaeology-of-religion-and-culture-in-late-antique-greece/