thenickelguy Posted July 14, 2022 · Member Share Posted July 14, 2022 (edited) Diocletian AE radiate fraction. 296 AD. Obverse IMP CC VAL DIOCLETIANVS PF AVG, radiate, draped, cuirassed bust right Reverse CONCORDIA MIL-ITVM, Emperor standing right, receiving Victory on globe from Jupiter, standing left, holding sceptre. Crescent over B in lower centre. Mintmark ANT RIC VI Antioch Mint 62A, B Diocletian was the notorious persecutor of Christians. From what I understand, they were subjected to slavery in mines, tortured, burned alive and even death by beasts. The reason for this is not that they were Christians but more that Diocletian saw them increasing in great numbers and considered them a threat to the belief in traditional gods. Every opportunity was given to Christians to acknowledge the gods, and the emperors even introduced an amnesty for imprisoned clergy if they simply performed a sacrifice to the gods. Diocletian favored Jupiter and Hercules for guidance and usually had his soothsayers interpret the gods direction which would certainly not be favorable for the Christians, and Diocletian left it to the senate and other leaders the vote and conclude on decisions. This way he wouldn't be the sole person to blame when such things as persecution was enforced. It was in his time that Christians suffered more than under any other Roman ruler. Edited July 14, 2022 by thenickelguy 15 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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