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'peace of the church' following, 538 Pliny the Younger on (See Pliny the Younger and Trajan, correspondence regarding Christians between) political aspects of,505, 5i3, 5i5, 5i8, 536 popular feeling against Christians, 3i8, 505,

508, 5i0, 5ii, 5i3, 5i4, 5i7, 536 quasi-toleration and growth, periods of,

503, 508, 5i2, 5i7-i8 right of persecuted to flee, Cyprian on, 47i ruler cult tradition and, 505 Septimius Severus, conversion to Judaism and Christianity forbidden by, 66, 388, 5ii by Severus, 348

social status ofChristians, change in, 5i2,

Syria and Mesopotamia, 363-4 Trajan, treatment of Christians under, i2, 7i, 506-8 (See also Pliny the Younger and Trajan, correspondence regarding Christians between) unity ofempire, as motive for, 505, 5i8 by Valerian, 72, 390-i, 503, 5i4-i7 Vienne and Lyons, Christians of, 265, 307,

persecution ofJews by Romans, 65-8, 7i Persia

Gnosticism's origins traced to, 247 magi, origins and derivation of Greek philosophy from, 236 Sasanian incursions of 256, 353 Persius (satirist), 8i

Peshitta Old Testament and Syriac Bible, 354 Peter, apostle (Cephas)

Asia Minor and Achaea, apostolic traditions of,323 assignment of authority to, i33, i49, 4ii,

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