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The four men in this picture are engaged in burning a large scroll, a Roman decree banning Christianity. They are clean-shaven and short-haired, wear the Roman toga and have bare feet. One thrusts the scroll into the flames and the other adds a large bundle of sticks.

Note that the swastika on the right-most man’s sleeve long predates any modern connotation of that symbol: this book was published in 1887.

«Regardez-le bien.» Et il le jeta au mileu des flammes.

“What is it?” everyone asked curiously.

“Neither more nor less than the famous decree,” Pankration replied with childlike joy, “look:” DOMINI NOSTRI DIOCLETIANUS ET MAXIMIANUS, INVICTI,

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