The Roman Emperor Diocletian (CE: 22 December 244 – 3 December 311) is infamous for his persecution of early Christians (CE:303-311).

What were the reasons for this attack upon the nascent Christian Church; what did he hope to achieve?  Was the persecution he ordered responsible for the martyrdom of St Alban; what is the evidence?  This talk will explore the background to the ‘Great Persecution’, the motives, its implementation, why it did not succeed, and whether St Alban’s execution should be put at the door of Diocletian. 

This talk is an updated version of a talk given in Diocletian’s Palace in Split, Croatia.

The tutor's fee for this talk will be donated to Conservation 50 (Safeguarding St Albans Conservation Areas)

Speaker: Professor Tim Boatswain, Professor of History and Anthropology

Date and Time: Tuesday 3 November, 7.30-9pm. Participants will be able to join the event from 7pm. 

Price: £10  (Students £6)

Venue: Online via Zoom 

As this talk will be hosted over Zoom, participants will need access to a computer/laptop/tablet/phone which has audio in order to be able to hear. You can also join by dialling in using a telephone, but won't be able to see the speaker or any visual aids. 

Instructions for signing up and joining the talk will be sent via email between 5-5.30pm on the day of the event. If you have not received these details by 5.30pm, please call 01727 890205. Please ensure that you provide a current email address when you book. 

You can book online here, or call the Box Office on 01727 890290. Tickets will be on sale until 5pm on the day of the event.

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