The Persecution of the Jews/Christians At first, Roman officials were indifferent to the new  religion But soon there we...
History of the Catacombs In the first century, Rome’s Christians did not have  cemeteries. If they had land of their own,...
More on Catacombs Many catacombs were family tombs who were new    converts to Christianity   These families allowed fel...
However, catacombs are cemeteries with a story!
Other images from the catacombs
The catacombs gave us great examples of early Christian                         art
More of the most important images is that of Christ
Another image of Christ
The catacombs allow us to know the lives of early                  Christians
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Christianity chapter5

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Christianity chapter5

  1. 1. The Persecution of the Jews/Christians At first, Roman officials were indifferent to the new religion But soon there were problems because the Christians would not worship ancient pagan deities or the emperor and were accused of disloyalty, atheism, and crimes such as cannibalism, infanticide and were blamed for plagues, floods, famines Examples of what was said by prominent Romans Christians began to be persecuted and found safety in the catacombs like those under the city of Rome
  2. 2. History of the Catacombs In the first century, Rome’s Christians did not have cemeteries. If they had land of their own, that is where they buried their dead In the first half of the second century, the Christians received grants and donations of land and then started to build catacombs
  3. 3. More on Catacombs Many catacombs were family tombs who were new converts to Christianity These families allowed fellow Christians outside of their own families to be buried there. There are more than sixty catacombs in Rome with hundreds of miles of galleries and ten of thousands of tombs There are also catacombs in North Africa, Naples, eastern Sicily These catacombs are basically cemeteries
  4. 4. However, catacombs are cemeteries with a story!
  5. 5. Other images from the catacombs
  6. 6. The catacombs gave us great examples of early Christian art
  7. 7. More of the most important images is that of Christ
  8. 8. Another image of Christ
  9. 9. The catacombs allow us to know the lives of early Christians

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