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
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
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
However, catacombs are cemeteries with a story!