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.
Very Fine Late Roman-Byzantine Bronze Cross Pendant
A Late Roman-Byzantine bronze cross pendant. The pendant is composed of four uniform arms composed of two cylindrical knob-like portions, with pointed terminals. The cross features a suspension loop to the top.
Condition: Very fine, surface has some patination.