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Unit 2: Roman Persecution of Christians


Roman Persecution of Christians

Film Focus Point: This excerpt from the 1985 miniseries “A.D.” features the Emperor Nero’s ambitions and his motives for initiating a persecution against the early Christians in Rome. The first scene depicted in this segment picks up the story just after the burning of Rome.

Text Focus Point: Pages 67-68

Discussion Questions

  1. How is Nero’s ambition portrayed in this movie clip? His insincerity?

  2. What is Nero’s strategy to turn the Roman Senate against the Christians?

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