Eusebius and The History of the Church Notes by Dr. Honora M. Finkelstein The portions of this book that Matthews and Platt cover the Neronian persecution in which Peter was crucified and Paul was beheaded; the edict under Emperor Diocletian that destroyed the churches and burned the gospels; the Great Persecution begun in 309 in which many Christians were martyred; and the victory of Constantine, who became the first Christian emperor.  This section demonstrates the official policy of the early church to see those who were persecuted for their faith as martyrs and to take the stand that they attained salvation thereby. Made with Xara Website by Susan Smily