1000 Wells

Written on January 01st, 2007 by Shawn Anthony

The Eusebius preserved The Martyrs of Lyons recounts - in graphic detail - the nearly insurmountable odds early Christians faced in a pre-Constantinian society. Christians in Lyons were attacked by the populace, judged by the governor and were tortured for sport. Sanctus, according to the letter, confessed his Christianity and subsequently had “red-hot brazen plates” fastened to the “most tender parts of his body” (Eusebius 26). Others were placed in prison stocks, beaten, hit with objects, suspended from stakes, exposed to wild beasts in the amphitheater, and placed in an “iron seat” where they were burnt alive. (Eusebius. The Martyrs of Lyons (Letter of the Churches of Lyons and Vienne). Readings in World Christian History. Eds. John Wayland Coakley and Andrea Sterk. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, p. 177.)

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