Preview
Persecutionep1
Did the Roman Empire really wage a war against Christians and their God?
Dr. James Corke-WebsterDr. James Corke-WebsterHD, subtitles, Q&ATranscript49m
History remembers the persecution of early Christians as a clash between the Roman state and its traditional gods, and the new Christian cult and its upstart God. But is that really all there is to the story?
The persecution of Christians under the Roman Empire has always been remembered as a clash of religious ideologies – a war between the Roman state and its traditional gods on the one hand, and the new Christian cult and its upstart God on the other.

But is all as it seems? And if not, what actually occurred?

One of our favourite Garden Fellows, James Corke-Webster from Kings College London, is the historian who's going to help us work it out. Has history misunderstood not just how this persecution worked, but even who was actually responsible for it?

Read more
HD, subtitles, Q&ATranscript

Persecution

Throughout history, humans have found ways to oppress and malign those they feel they're in opposition to, whether because of ethnicity or beliefs. In this collection, we're exploring the legacy of persecutions past, and why they're such a recurring theme.

3 talks
Interactive Q&A
Series guide

Top audience questions
View all(9)
Do you generally attribute the rise of Christianity as one of the main reasons for the fall of Rome? If so, wouldn't the Romans have 'benefited' from persecution?
7 votes
How much of an influence do you believe cinema has had upon our understanding of Roman history? And if the influence is strong do you believe this has been positive or negative?
6 votes

Another brilliant talk by James Corke-Webster! Chris

About the Garden

What is the Garden and what is your mission?

One Garden is a community for the curious, a place where learning is joyful. Together, we learn from world experts through weekly live talks and by asking them the questions we are most curious about. Our on demand library is yours to explore at your leisure.

With our monthly membership we aim to give anyone, anywhere, access to the knowledge, ideas and people who have shaped — and continue to shape — our understanding of the world.

What does a membership include?

A membership with One Garden will give you unlimited access to all our talks, live and on-demand.

For £9.99/month, One Garden will give you access to the brightest minds of our generation. Ask them your questions during a live talk, or sit back and relax.

Can I cancel during my free trial?

Yes of course. We invite you to enjoy a 14 day free trial, and if you cancel any time during this period then you will not be enrolled into the monthly plan and will not be charged.

You can cancel online, anytime, in your account with just a couple of clicks.

What sort of speakers do you have?

We find the most passionate experts and academics from across the globe. All of our talks are designed to be accessible to anyone, no prior knowledge required, and our speakers (or Fellows as we call them!) are skilled at delivering fascinating, captivating talks for all levels.

You'll have the chance to ask questions in real times during lives via our bespoke platform.

High-quality recorded talks on-demand

Watch recordings of 100+ past talks at your own pace

Browse on-demand talks

Online live interactive talks with experts

Come learn from the best in their fields, and ask them your questions

Find an upcoming live talk

One Garden is a community for the curious, a place where inquisitive minds can come together to learn from world experts, and each other, and join in conversations about topics that spark their curiosity.

Find out more

With our monthly membership we aim to give anyone, anywhere, access to the knowledge, ideas and people who have shaped — and continue to shape — our understanding of the world.

Find out more