Christopher Jones, a PhD student in ANE history at Columbia University, has written a learned critique of the pacifist narrative of the early church. Readers are commended to see it for themselves. For a complementary approach to the biblical texts, see my series on pacifism.
Seneca the Younger, in De brevitate vitae (“On the Shortness of Life”), claims that, as the Romans became more prosperous, they refined their public displays of violence to greater and greater degrees of brutality. He speaks in particular here of the methods of Pompey the Great. The Romans would of course continue on this path […]