During the Roman Empire Christianity was persecuted until the early 4th century AD, with the Great Persecution lasting between 303 and 311 AD. With the Edict of Milan in 313 AD, emperors Constantine and Licinius granted liberty of cult for all religions, including Christianity. However, it was only in 380 AD, with emperor Theodosius, that Christianity became the only official religion of the Empire. Crosses of this type would have been worn in everyday life but also buried with the deceased to seek salvation in the afterlife.
Roman Bronze Cross Pendant
A fine Late Roman-Byzantine cast bronze cross which features uniform cylindrical shaped arms. There is a suspension loop on the top.
Condition: Very fine, some green patination remains on the surface. Minor loss of bronze to the suspension loop.