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There are at least 40 catacombs under Rome, the oldest being built in the 2nd century A.D., due to land shortages and persecutions, with some for Christians and others used by mixed groups.

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HISTORY CORNER: The Catacombs of Rome
September 13, 2020 1 a.m.

HISTORY CORNER: The Catacombs of Rome

Final resting place for martyrs, saints and commoners in the glory days of the Roman Empire

It was sometimes dangerous to be a Christian or Jew in Rome in the first two centuries after the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ.