Persecution in the Early Church (1st-3rd Centuries)

First Century

Conflicts with the Jews

Approx. 35 AD - Approx. 51 AD

Persecution under Nero

Approx. 64 AD - Approx. 68 AD

Persecution under Domitian

Approx. 94 AD - Approx. 96 AD

Second Century

Ignatius of Antioch Martyred

Approx. 107 AD

Pliny's Letter to Trajan

Approx. 112 AD

Polycarp Martyred

Approx. 160 AD

Persecution under Marcus Aurelius

Approx. 165 AD - Approx. 180 AD

Third Century

Persecution under Septimius Severus

Approx. 202 AD - Approx. 205 AD

Persecution under Decius

Approx. 249 AD - Approx. 251 AD