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That checked the pernicious superstition for a short time, but it broke out afresh—not only in Judea , where the plague first arose, but in Rome itself, where all the horrible and shameful things in the world collect and find a home. Annals So what happened to those accused of following this new, pernicious superstition? Perhaps it first started with ridicule. But soon a sort of psychological terror campaign against Christians arose.
The secrecy of their meetings made them easy targets for outrageous imaginings. Simple facts were twisted: Since Christians met at night, people believed their secret meetings were wild bacchanalian orgies. Since Christians called each other brother and sister, these must have been wild, incestuous bacchanalian orgies.
Although the claims were preposterous, public sentiment turned sharply against the Christians in the second century C. Christians were indeed sent to be devoured by lions in gruesome public spectacles that matched human prisoners against wild beasts—not just lions, but tigers, bears, or any other large animals driven mad by hunger and fear. So, on the principle of giving people what they wanted, emperors made a number of attempts to exterminate outright those nuisance-causing Christians.
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