Directions: Read the prompt and respond to it in 3-5 sentences.
When Christians first began to appear in the Roman empire the Romans did not pay much attention to them. The Romans tolerated the religions of other peoples unless these religions threatened public order and morals. Many Romans started to view Christianity as harmful to the Roman state because Christians refused to worship the state gods and emperors, they thought this was an act of treason, and that it was punishable by death. The Roman government began persecuting Christians during the reign of Nero. What does persecuting mean? What sorts of things do you think the Romans did to the Christians at this time?