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“Condemnation to the beasts” is considered a lighter punishment among some scholars than execution, perhaps because in some cases the condemned were armed or otherwise able to defend themselves. It was applied to parricides, murderers, rebels, prisoners of war and sometimes Christians Polycarp, the

DAMIAN of Alexandria

Chalcedonian patriarch of Alexandria from 578–605. Of Syrian origin, he was elected at the end of a period of grave organizational crisis in the anti-Chalcedonian Egyptian church, in the wake of the measures of Justinian and his successors aimed at restoring unity to the


In Dacia conquered and made a Roman province by the emperor Trajan 105–106 and later abandoned by Aurelian 271– 275 and N of the lower Danube generally in what is now Romania, the spread of Christianity was due above all to the permanent contacts
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