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528 pages, Hardcover
First published January 1, 324
It is commonly assumed that the early Christians were martyred mostly at Rome, but this is far from the case. Within the Roman Empire, fewer Christians were persecuted in Rome and Italy than in the North African provinces--Egypt in particular--as well as Palestine, Syria, and Asia Minor. ...It's obvious that Eusebius had his favorites. He focuses on Origen of Alexandria with far more detail than he devotes to anyone else in his history. He also doesn't have anything bad to say about the Emperor Constantine.
It is also widely assumed that most early Christian martyrs faced death heroically rather than surrendering their faith. Not only would this hardly have been possible realistically, due to human weakness, but Eusebius rather honestly shows us otherwise.