Friday, November 18, 2011

Murphysboro Centuries, 3rd secular

Valerian, 253-260 AD
- lots of military problems - Germans were over the Rhine, Goths and Burgundians were over the Danube, Persians in the east - divided the responsibilities of the empire up with his son Gallienus who was in charge in the West, Valerian took the East
- because the plague had weakened the army, when the Persians invaded in 260, Valerian tried to negotiate and was captured by Shapur
- continued the persecution of Christians - bishops and pastors killed, the rich had all their property confiscated, the poor were sent to the mines

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