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La communauté chrétienne de Lyon dans le contexte des persécutions de 177 après J.-C.

Abstract : The aim of this research paper is to understand how the Christianisation of the Roman West developed through the Christian community of Lyon. More particularly in the context of the persecutions of 177, when the feast of the federal sanctuary of the Three Gauls, bringing together 60 provinces, took place during the reign of Emperor Marcus Aurelius. The corpus revolves around the three themes of my research: the Early Church, epigraphic Sources in Asia Minor, Roman legislation. Then in appendix, the chronological frieze of books IV and V of the Ecclesiastical History of Eusebius of Caesarea, which informs us about the emperors and edicts, the primitive Church and the persecutions. The research paper is divided into two parts, and raises two issues. The first part is devoted to the Early Church of Lyon and its origins, and consists of two chapters. The first one aims at knowing the role of the first two leaders of the Church of Lyon, where Irenaeus was very active, which could embarrass the authorities. And the second one allows to know the influence of the Greek culture, on the diffusion of Christianity in the capital of the Gauls. And to present the Christian currents such as Montanism. The second part devoted to Christianity and Roman legislation is divided into three chapters. Its aim is to grasp the stake of the Roman authorities in eradicating the new religion, as Roman soldiers and wealthy citizens flee the imperial cult, thus weakening the Emperor. And to explain that the Church exceeds the representatives of the federal cult, because it harms the economy of the imperial cult by its refusal of sacrifices. Finally, we will see how the martyrdom of the 47 Christians of Lyon in 177, and the role of the first two founders of the Church of Lyon have favoured the development of Christianity in Gaul.
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Sandie Ouvrard. La communauté chrétienne de Lyon dans le contexte des persécutions de 177 après J.-C.. Sciences de l'Homme et Société. 2020. ⟨dumas-03186373⟩



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