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What was the purpose of putting Christians in the arena with the lion?

The Roman Coliseum still has the gates these ravished beast were kept behind before being released


Asked by Anonymous at 12:38 AM on Apr. 22, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Yep the Christians were eaten because the free will Romans had, many of whom were pagans,

    the purpose of this question was to show those who think only Christians did bad things the pagans were righ there with everyone else. Chopping off feet and going after peopel JUST because they were Christians. Vlean our your won back yard before going to anothers backyard.

    queen you are seriously disturbed. I pray your goddess helps you get over that bitter pill you have stuck in your throat.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:22 AM on Apr. 22, 2009

  • Pretty sure it was entertainment as well as prosecution - so it was killing two birds with one stone... or lion....
    Deaths back then - when someone was put to death, anyway - were quite public. They wanted to set examples so as to scare people into "behaving", and it did serve as entertainment as well.
    At least, that's the way I always saw it...

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 12:42 AM on Apr. 22, 2009

  • I believe that is right, that it was to prosecute the Christians for not obeying the laws of the land such as; bowing down to the supposive king, sacrificing to the king, not following along with everybody elses lifestyles, and so on...Christians were just as much as ridiculed back then as they are now, if not worse. They followed Jesus who nobody but the Christians claimed to be God and then was put to a shameful death on the cross. And then refused to bow to any other so called "god" so, they were put there to be killed and to "entertain" the people.

    Answer by Ilovemy5joys at 1:19 AM on Apr. 22, 2009

  • Same reason why they burned Christians at the stake. Foxes Book of Martyrs talks about the many christian martyrs who were killed in many different ways for speaking the truth about their faith.
    Joan of Arc was one of those martyred, Stephen was stoned to death for his faith. Jesus was the Ultimate One... nailed to the Cross !

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 1:42 AM on Apr. 22, 2009

  • From The Romans and their World, by Peter Arnott:
    "Christian propagandists represented it as a place of martyrdom, exaggerating the number of their faith who died there in the persecutions, and the legends took hold."

    This is not to say that the early Christians weren't persecuted, they certainly were... but the "Christians fed to the lions" is something that was not as commonplace as we are led to believe.

    The reason for it is probably the same urge that drives people to love watching reality tv where people are sure to be embarrassed, humilated, mocked, and possibly fall off a roof. They were a pretty gruesome bunch and loved gladiator fights, public executions, spectacles, animal hunts, etc performed for their entertainment.

    Answer by Collinsky at 2:11 AM on Apr. 22, 2009

  • On the persecution of Christians, fromTacitus' Annals XV.44 record: "...a vast multitude, were convicted, not so much of the crime of incendiarism as of hatred of the human race. And in their deaths they were made the subjects of sport; for they were wrapped in the hides of wild beasts and torn to pieces by dogs, or nailed to crosses, or set on fire, and when day declined, were burned to serve for nocturnal lights."

    From Everyday Life in Ancient Rome, by Lionel Casson:
    "Intellectuals like Cicero or Marcus Aurelius were bored or disgusted with what went on in the arena, moralists like Seneca deplored it, but the first concerted protest came from the Christians—they were not opposed to the brutality per se but to all sights the considered degrading; they clamored equally loudly against the theatre and circus." Yay early Christians... and it points to another reason for their persecution: they argued for radical changes.

    Answer by Collinsky at 2:14 AM on Apr. 22, 2009

  • This is one way in which the Romans dealt with prisoners. The people viewed it as great entertainment. It wasn't just the Christians who were fed to the lions. It was prisoners of all kinds.

    Answer by Marwill at 7:22 AM on Apr. 22, 2009

  • This is one way in which the Romans dealt with prisoners. The people viewed it as great entertainment. It wasn't just the Christians who were fed to the lions. It was prisoners of all kinds.

    This. It's just that Christians are the only ones who bragged about it.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 8:03 AM on Apr. 22, 2009

  • It was a good way for the Romans to be entertained and to test the new "unnamed" god of the christians at the same time. If the god saved his followers, then he was a true god. There are legends that certain individuals were spared by divine intervention, but no proof of it. And no reason why some christians were torn apart by the starving beasts while a select few weren't. I suspect that ALL the christians were actually eaten or killed. No interventions for them.

    Answer by witchqueen at 8:05 AM on Apr. 22, 2009