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School of Divinity
The Spread of Early Christianity

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Early Christianity in Asia, Africa and Europe

AD250: Christianity at the time of Decian Persecution

map showing the spread of Christianity at the time of Decian Persecution, AD 250

This map shows Christianity at the time of the first General Persecution, by the Emperor Decius. Note the increasing density of the Christian population in Syria and Western Asia Minor, as well as the spread of Christianity in the Western half of the empire.

Middle stage: AD250 - AD406

The maps between 250 and 406 show the increasing spread and density of Christianity throughout the territory of the Roman empire and eventually beyond it. They expand outwards to detail the increasingly large area within which Christianity is now present, including Mesopotamia, Armenia and Ethiopia (whose capital cities, Ctesiphon, Etchmiadzin and Axum, are marked on the final map), as well as a thin spread along the western coast of India.

maps between AD 250 and AD 406 show the increasing spread and density of Christianity throughout the territory of the Roman empire and eventually beyond it

AD406: Christianity at the time of Gothic and Germanic invasions

map showing Christianity at the time of the first  General Persecution, by the Emperor Decius, AD 406

This key indicates the names of the cities numbered on the map above.

1. Londinium 2. Trier 3. Lyon 4. Sirmium
5. Serdica 6. Nicaea 7. Ancyra 8. Etchmiadzin
9. Ctesiphon 10. Axum