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A Bishop Chickens Out. Would You?

“The incense is in that bowl, Basílides,” said the Roman official. “When you are finished making your offering to the emperor, I will give you this certificate with my signature. Keep it with you and show it to any Roman … Continue reading

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An Irresistible Gladiator Show

Few could resist the attraction of the gladiator combats. Pollice Verso by Jean-Leon Gerome (public domain photo) Gladiators came from the dregs of society and the combats were rude and cruel; and yet they seduced not only the rabble but … Continue reading

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