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Articles about Adrian

Adrian – the Roman Emperor Hadrian – wrote Epistle of Adrian in behalf of the Christians. Best known for building Hadrian’s Wall, he persecuted Jews and Christians until his death in 138AD.

Adrian or, more famously, Hadrian was the emperor of Rome from 117 to 138. This letter, apparently written to Roman senator Gaius Minicius Fundanus, expresses Hadrian's view on legal proceedings involving Christians. We know of the letter only because it was preserved by Justin Martyr.

I have received the letter addressed to me by your predecessor Serenius Granianus, a most illustrious man; and this communication I am unwilling to pass over in silence, lest innocent persons be disturbed...

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