This Day in Christian History: February 24
February 24 ,303 A.D.: First Edict of the Diocletianic Persecution Is Issued
On this day in 303 A.D., Roman Emperor Galerius Valerius Maximianus issued the first of several edicts that called for the persecution of Christians. The edicts demanded that Christians comply with the Roman pagan rituals, and if they should not, they were subject to imprisonment or execution. These executions varied, including being fed to wild beasts, torture or being burned at the stake.
The persecution ended when Constantine restored full legal rights to Christians.
Amber Schamel is the author of the Days of Messiah series, a historical fiction series about early Christianity.