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I. THE COLISEUM

"Butchered to make a Roman holiday." It was a great festival day in Rome. From all quarters vast numbers of people came pouring forth to one common destination. Over the Capitoline Hill, through the Forum, past the Temple of Peace and the Arch of Titus and the imperial palace; on they went till they... Read More

II. THE PRETORIAN CAMP

"Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feared God." Marcellus was born in Gades, and had been brought up in the stern discipline of a Roman army. He had been quartered in Africa, in Syria, and in Britain, where he had distinguished himself not only by bravery in the field but also by ski... Read More

III. THE APPIAN WAY

"Sepulchers in sad array Guard the ashes of the mighty Slumbering on the Appian Way." Marcellus entered upon the duty that lay before him without delay. Upon the following day he set out upon his investigations. It was merely a journey of inquiry, so he took no soldiers with him. Starting forth from... Read More

IV. THE CATACOMBS

"No light, but rather darkness visible Served only to discover sights of woe, Regions of sorrow, doleful shades." They went on in utter darkness, until at length the passage widened and they came to steps which led below. Marcellus held the boy's dress and followed him. It was certainly a situation ... Read More

IX. THE PERSECUTION

"Ye have need of patience, that after ye have done the will of God ye might receive the promise." The persecution raged with greater fury. In the few weeks that passed since Marcellus had lived here, great numbers had sought refuge in this retreat. Never before had so many congregated here. Generall... Read More

V. THE CHRISTIAN'S SECRET

"The mystery of godliness, God manifest in the flesh." The young soldier stood astonished at the effect which his name produced. "Why do you all tremble so?" said he. "Is it on my account?" "Alas!" said Honorius, "though we are banished to this place we have constant communication with the city. We ... Read More

VI. THE CLOUD OF WITNESSES

"These all died in faith." The new convert soon learned more of the Christians. After a brief repose he rose and was joined by Honorius, who offered to show him the nature of the place where they lived. Those whom he had seen at the chapel service formed but a small part of the dwellers in the catac... Read More

VII. THE CONFESSION OF FAITH

"Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution." Four days had elapsed since the young soldier had left his chamber. Eventful days they had been to him; days full of infinite importance. Endless weal or woe had hung upon their issue. But the search of this earnest soul a... Read More

VIII. LIFE IN THE CATACOMBS

"O dark, dark, dark, amid the blaze of noon. Irrevocably dark, total eclipse, Without all hope of day!" Upon his return to the Catacombs he was welcomed with tears of joy. Most eagerly they listened to the account of his interview with his superiors; and while they sympathized with his troubles, the... Read More

X. THE ARREST

"The trial of your faith worketh patience." Honorius was seated in the chapel with one or two others, among whom was the lady Caecilia. The feeble rays of a single lamp but faintly illuminated the scene. They were silent and sad. A deeper melancholy than usual rested upon them. Around them was the s... Read More

XI. THE OFFER

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." It was evening in the Pretorian camp. Lucullus was in his room seated by a lamp which threw a bright light around. He was roused by a knock at the door. At once rising, he opened it. A man entered and advanced silent... Read More

XII. POLLIO'S TRIAL

"Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings thou hast ordained praise." It was a large room in a building not far from the imperial palace. The pavement was of polished marble, and columns of porphyry supported a paneled dome. An altar with a statue of a heathen deity was at one end of the apartment. ... Read More

XIII. THE DEATH OF POLLIO

"Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life." The sentence of Pollio was swift and sure. On the following day there was a spectacle at the Coliseum. Crowded to its topmost terrace of seats with the bloodthirsty Roman multitude, it displayed the same sickening succession of hor... Read More

XIV. THE TEMPTATION

"All this will I give thee if thou wilt fall down and worship me." That night Lucullus remained in the cell with his friend. He sought by every possible argument to shake his resolution. He appealed to every motive that commonly influences men. He left no means of persuasion unused. All in vain. The... Read More

XV. LUCULLUS

"The memory of the just is blessed." At the scene of torture and of death there was one spectator whose face, full of agony, was never turned away from Marcellus, whose eyes saw every act and expression, whose ears drank in every word. Long after all had departed he remained in the same place, the o... Read More

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