mpbooks: Today on mpbooks we have a real treat for you. Maya Papaya is at the Colisseum reporting live the trials of five criminals. Over to you, Maya.
Papaya: Thank you mpbooks. Yes, I am currently in the Colisseum where in just a few minutes we will get to see how the Roman Empire deals with people who break the laws. Let’s see what the people have to say. Sir, any comment?
Random Roman Guy: What? erm, yes this seems to be quite the trial. I hear that if the Christians refuse to burn incense to the gods then they will set the bears on them. we haven’t had a good bear fight in weeks.
Papaya: Wow. Now… I didn’t catch your name
Manny: Manius Dossenius Vestorius
Papaya: Now Manny…
Manny: It’s Manius
Papaya: Whatever. Have you been to a lot of these brawls?
Manny: Of course I have. What do you take me for a peasant?
Papaya: Sorry I didn’t mean to offe…
(Manny storms off)
Papaya: Well it looks like the trials starting better grab a seat. Look here they come three men and two women. They look strangely peaceful despite what’s happening to them. Psst… what are the charges again?
Random Roman Woman: Shhh! You’re ruining the show!
(grumbles of agreement)
Papaya: Well I guess we’ll have to find out after… Oh wait! I think that guy’s reading them out right now!
Random Important Roman Guy: blah blah blah Christianity blah blah offer incense ( the accused shake their heads) blah blah blah bears
( everyone except the 5 Christians evacuate the arena)
( slowly a gate opens and a bear lumbers out and growls)
( cut to Maya Papaya standing outside the Coliseum)
Papaya: Sorry about that folks we assumed that these Christians would fold. We never believed that people could believe in something so much to die for it. And with such courage too. Maybe there is something to this religion after all Anyways over to you mpbooks.
mpbooks: Thank you, Maya. You can read more about martyrs and the persecution of Christians in The Church History by Eusebius translated by Paul L. Maier.