History on the Internet

Christian Catacombs of Rome
Not to be missed: This site is intended for people who wish to deepen their knowledge of the Christian Catacombs of Rome and the origins of Church history. The site provides extensive material, in separate sections, dealing with this fascinating and largely unknown topic.

Christian Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt
The Coptic Church is based on the teachings of Saint Mark, who brought Christianity to Egypt during the reign of the Roman emperor Nero in the first century, a dozen of years after the Lord’s ascension. This exceptional site thoroughly explains the history of the early church in Egypt, and contains everything anyone could want to know about the Coptic Orthodox Church.

Christian History Magazine
New article online every week. Journey back to experience lives of faithful forebears, eras of struggle and triumph, and issues that challenged the Church but couldn’t defeat it.

Christians and Rome
This site has some very fascinating topics on it, such as the Fact and Legend of throwing Christians to the Lions, the Martyrdom of Perpetua, the Origin of the Chi-Rho Symbol, the Rise of Monasticism, any many more of interest.

Early Church
A comprehensive course outline from the Hanover College History Department.

Early Church Fathers
The text of all the known works of the early church fathers, from Clement of Rome, a contemporary of Paul, to the Seven Ecumenical Councils. A very valuable site.

Ecole Initiative
A hypertext encyclopedia of early church history, containing biographical sketches on all the church fathers. A well-done website, Catholic emphasis.

Fox’s Book of Martyrs
Reprinted here in its most complete form, it brings to life the days when “a noble army, men and boys, the matron and the maid ... climbed the steep ascent of heaven, 'mid peril, toil, and pain.” The first three chapters deal with Christian persecutions in the early church.

Guide to Early Church Documents
"Pointers to internet-accessible files relating to the early church, including canonical documents, creeds, the writings of the Apostolic Fathers and other historical texts relevant to church history."

Hall of Church History
Award-winning site, with reason. Comprehensive, attractive and easy to use.

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An Introduction to the Coptic Art of Egypt
The Origin, Development, & Philosophy of Coptic Art
Both of these pages are at the Christian Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt site, and are informative text-only articles on the subjects of early Christian art.

Early Christian Art
From the Period and Style for Designers site containing numerous examples of early Christian art: click on the text description to go to thumbnails which can themselves be enlarged.

Paleochristian Art
Part of a European university course on Art History, this page gives a brief overview of the style and design of early Christian art.

The sites on the left are pages with excellent historical content. The sites below are links pages, specifically chosen for the quality of pointers to other sites for further research.

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History on the Internet / Christine Miller / Last revised May 1999
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