The Martyrdom of Peter

"Domine, Quo Vadis? (Lord, wither goest thou?)"

It is interesting that one of the key leaders of the early Christians, the Apostle Peter, might have been martyred in Rome approximately 64 AD.

According to the apocryphal "Acts of Peter" he was leaving Rome when Jesus appeared to him and essentially told him to go back.

Tradition also says he asked to be crucified upside down, saying he was unworthy to be crucified as Jesus was.

The story specifically mentions the Emperor Nero but never mentions the great fire of Rome and certainly could be entirely a fabrication.

Still it seems strange to me to be at this time and setting.

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