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2. Note that Christians of the upper classes continued to seek traditional education, etc., though in this case it appears that only the young man, and not his family, were Christian.

3. This is Eusebius' teacher, imprisoned in 308 or 309, whose name he himself sometimes bears or whose son he is said to have been; presumably, Pamphilus adopted his younger contemporary. On the other hand, spiritual kinship ought not entirely to be ruled out. Pamphilus' death is treated in more detail in Chapter XI below.

4. This is reminiscent of Tacitus, who criticises Nero's harsh treatment of Christians not so much because he punished Christians but because his techniques were excessively harsh.

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