Notable martyrs of this persecution are Paul and Peter. These persecutions took place after the burning of Rome.
Christians were persecuted for not burning incense to the genius. These persecutions continued for six years. This is the persecution in which Clement of Rome was persecuted.
This persecution was enforced sporadically. Christians were not sought out but if they were found and didn't recant then they were executed. These persecutions went until 117AD. Notable martyrs include Ignatius, Symeon, Zozimus and Rufus.
Quadratus was the bishop of Rome in the early second century. His ministry was based in Athens and he wrote an apology addressed to Emperor Hadrian contrasting the differences with Christianity to Jewish and pagan worship.
Justin Martyr was a second century apologist. He was trained in philosophy and was an itinerant lay teacher. He was beheaded in Rome in 165AD
The spread of the Gnostic heresy began in around 110AD and progressed for about 70 years
These persecutions were also sporadic in their enforcement. They were the continuation of the policies of Trajan. Telesphorus was the most notable of the martyrs. they continued until 138AD
These persecutions were a continuation of the policies of Trajan and Hadrian. Polycarp was a notable martyr during the persecutions of Antoninus Pius.
Clement was a third century church father. We was trained in philosophy and was converted as an adult. He emphasised Logos and approached scripture allegorically. He also wrote the older extant Christant Hymn, Shepard of Tender Youth
The Montanism heresy spread from around 160 to 220AD and originated in Phrygia and later spread to Rome and North Africa.
From Palestine Julius Africanus studied under Origen and wrote historical research that covered from Creation to 221AD
He was the son of a Roman army officer and was trained in the law. He was converted at middle age and joined the Montanists c.200AD. He also laid important ground work for the doctrine of the Trinity. He was based in Carthage.
This Emperor opposed Christianity on philosophical grounds. Christians were blamed for natural disasters during this time. This is the persecution in which Justin Martye was beheaded.
Places of ministry included Alexandria and Caesarea. He was the son of Leonidas who was martyred in 202AD. He studied under Clement and thus succeeded Clement as catechist in 203AD. He taught subordination of the Son to the Father and was extremely ascetic. He was exiled by his enemies in the church and died after torture at the hands of the Romans.
With his places of ministry mainly in Carthage, Cyprian was trained in rhetoric and was converted in 245AD. He was the bishop of Carthage from 248AD until his death.
Until 211AD during this persecution conversion to Christianity was forbidden. Leonidas, Irenaeus and Perpetua were notable martyrs of this persecution.
This heresy originated in Persia and contained elements of Zoroastrianism. It held a dualistic view of creation believing that Christ was representative of light and Satan of darkness.
Christian Clergy were ordered to be executed and the Christian people were executed because they supported the emperors predecessor, whom he had assassinated. During this persecution Ursula and Hippolytus were martyred. these persecutions went on until 236AD.
This was the first empire wide persecution where offerings of incense to the genius of the emperor was demanded. There was an enthusiastic return to paganism after Christianity was under extreme persecution. This persecution also led to the rise of Novatianism. Fabianus and Alexander of Jerusalem were martyred during this persecution.
Christians had their property confiscated and the right for Christians to assemble was removed. This persecution when until 260AD and Origen, Cyprian and Sixtus II were all persecuted during the reign of Valerian.
This heresy originated after the Decian persecution in North Africa.
Sun worship was required as the official state religion but he died before it was implemented.
This was the worst persecution of all. Churches were destroyed and bibles were burnt. Christians had their civil rights removed and sacrifice to the roman gods was required. This persecution led to the rise of Donatism. Mairitius and Alban were martyred during this time.
Its main accomplishments were settlement of the Christological issue of the nature of the Son of God and his relationship to God the Father, the construction of the first part of the Creed of Nicaea, establishing uniform observance of the date of Easter, and promulgation of early canon law.
Condemnation of some teachings of Origen as heroical.
From Rome, Gregory the Great was born into an aristocratic family and entered Benedictine monastery. He was first a monk and then became the bishop of Rome. He asserted authority over the entire Western church as bishop of Rome. He stimulated the missionary effort in England and protected Rome against the Lombards.
Affirmation of Monothelitism is 638
Issued an edict forbidding discussion of a number of natures or wills of Christ. Pope Martin I and Maximus the Confessor were tortured for ignoring the edict.
Called the Sixth Ecumenical Council at Constantinople in 680AD. Condemned Monothelites, declared Pope Honorius heretical.
John was born to Christian parents in Damascus and served in the court of Islamic caliph. He supported the veneration of icons and later left caliph's service to enter the monastery. He produced a theology that was normative for the Eastern Church.
Called a council at Constantinople that widened the gap between the eastern and western churches by allowing deacons and presbyters to marry and rejecting other church practices.
Promulgated edict against the veneration of icons in 726, initiating Iconoclastic Controversy. Decreed removal or destruction of all icons in 730. During his reign, Pope Gregory III excommunicated the iconoclasts.
Constantine was born in Constantinople, the son and successor of Emperor Leo III and Maria. In August 720 he was associated on the throne by his father, who had him marry Tzitzak, daughter of the Khazar khagan Bihar. His new bride was baptized as Irene (Eirēnē, "peace") in 732. Constantine V succeeded his father as sole emperor on 18 June 741.
Alcuin was born into an aristocratic family and was educated at Cathedral School of York. Later he became the master of the school was a proponent of the doctrine of transubstantiation. He also opposed Gottschalk.
Permitted Icons outside of Constantinople.
The iconoclast Council of Hieria was a Christian council of 754 which viewed itself as ecumenical, but was later rejected by the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches. It was summoned by the Byzantine Emperor Constantine V in 754 in the palace of Hieria opposite Constantinople. The council supported the emperor's iconoclast position in the Byzantine iconoclasm controversy.
Mother Irene served as regent, favoured icons, and convened Seventh Ecumenical Council at Nicea in 787. Affirmed veneration of icons but regulated their use.
He was orphaned as a young child and entered a Benedictine monastery. He was a proponent of transubstantiation and was a friend of Louis the Pious. He too opposed Gottschalk.
It met in AD 787 in Nicaea (site of the First Council of Nicaea; present-day İznik in Turkey) to restore the use and veneration of icons (or, holy images), which had been suppressed by imperial edict inside the Byzantine Empire during the reign of Leo III (717–741). His son, Constantine V (741–775), had held the Council of Hieria to make the suppression official.
As a child he was sent to a monastery by his parents and as an adult he tried to leave the monatery but was not allowed to. He defended Augustinian doctrine of predestination, for which he was condemned and imprisoned. He was treated brutally and died after 20 years in prison. He was denied a Christian burial.
Again banned icons but without the persecution characteristic of earlier iconoclasts.
Persecuted, imprisoned and mutilated monks who supported icons.
Deposed Ignatius as Patriarch of Constantinople, replacing him with Photius; action was overruled by Pope Nicholas I, further alienating East and West Church.
He was a pupil of Radbertus and opposed transubstantiation. He support Gottschalk's view of double predestination. Writings cited by some Protestant Reformers to support their views.
During his reign the Great Schism occurred when the Patriarch of Constantinople Michael Cerularius excommunicated Pope Leo IX.
Issued Summons asking for help that led to the first Crusade.
Wycliffe was an early advocate for translation of the Bible into the common language. He completed his translation directly from the Vulgate into vernacular English in the year 1382, now known as Wycliffe's Bible.
Martin Luther was a German monk, Catholic priest, professor of theology and seminal figure of the 16th-century movement in Christianity known later as the Protestant Reformation. He strongly disputed the claim that freedom from God's punishment for sin could be purchased with monetary values.