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Dio Cassius on Persecution under Domitian - Greek Text with English translation
From Historia Romana, 67. 14.
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And the same year Domitian slew, along with many
others, Flavius Clemens the consul, although he was a cousin and had to wife
Flavia Domitilla, who was also a relative of the emperor’s. The charge brought
against them both was that of atheism, a charge on which many others who drifted
into Jewish ways were condemned. Some of these were put to death, and the rest
were at least deprived of their property. Domitilla was merely banished to
Pandateria. But Glabrio, who had been Trajan’s colleague in the consulship, was
put to death, having been accused of the same crimes as most of the others, and,
in particular, of fighting as a gladiator with wild beasts. Indeed, his prowess
in the arena was the chief cause of the emperor’s anger against him, an anger
prompted by jealousy. For in Glabrio’s consulship Domitian had summoned him to
his Alban estate to attend the festival called the Juvenalia and had imposed on
him the task of killing a large lion; and Glabrio not only had escaped all
injury but had despatched the lion with most accurate aim.
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Dio Roman History
Greek text with English translation
Domitian claims to be Lord and God
θεὸς καὶ δεσπότης
dominus et deus noster
persecution of Christians under Domitian
Our lord and god commands
Suetonius on Domitian
Christians charged with atheism
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