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Mapping the Martyrs

Mapping the Martyrs is designed as a resource for the study of persecution and martyrdom in the early centuries of Christianity. In the past, a common belief was that early Christians were subjected to constant persecution. More recently, a nearly opposite approach has gained notoriety in which the realities of martyrdom have been deemphasized or even denied outright. Both of these approaches distort our picture of early Christianity.

The goal of this site is to gather and present the data concerning incidents of persecution and martyrdom. The map provides a view of the spatial distribution of martyr stories according to the traditions. The timeline along the bottom of the screen shows the chronological relationship between the various martyr accounts (in blue) and highlights particular periods of persecution (in orange).

Clicking on a round icon will bring up a particular entry. Each entry is designed to provide basic information about the tradition of a martyr or group of martyrs, including the traditional date of death, the means of death, the historical context, a summary of the martyrdom account(s), commentary on the significance of the martyr(s) within the Christian tradition, and a brief bibliography.

Funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to the Five Colleges of Ohio. [Digital Collections from Projects to Pedagogy and Scholarship, 2013.]

The map on this site is provided by the Pelagios project and licensed under a Creative Commons CC BY 3.0 license.