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Constantine and the Captive Christians of Persia: Martyrdom and Religious Identity in Late Antiquity

Kyle Smith


It is widely believed that the Emperor Constantine's conversion to Christianity politicized religious allegiances, dividing the Christian Roman Empire from the Zoroastrian Sasanian Empire and leading to the persecution of Christians in Persia. This account, however, is based on Greek ecclesiastical histories and Syriac martyrdom narratives that date to centuries after the fact. In this groundbreaking study, the author analyzes diverse Greek, Latin, and Syriac sources to show that there was not a single history of fourth-century Mesopotamia. By examining the conflicting hagiographical and histo ... More

Keywords: persecution, Constantine, Mesopotamia, Christianity, Roman Empire, Sasanian Empire, Syriac Christians, Persia, martyrdom narratives

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780520289604
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520289604.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kyle Smith, author
University of Toronto