A series of historical studies dealing with the relation of Christ and his followers in the early Christian Church to the then ruling Caesars. The story of the inevitable conflict of the way of the Christ and the way of the Caesars is graphically illustrated by historical vignettes of the interaction of Christian influences and the ruling Caesars and imperial personages in the early Christian era:- Caesar Augustus, Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, Nero, Vespasian, Domitian, Diocletian and Constantine. Finally, the conservative role of the Church in the face of the decline and fall of the Roman Empire is depicted. Throughout these studies emphasis is placed upon those qualities of the Christian faith which enabled it to withstand opposition and persecution and, finally, ""to stand upright amid the ruins of the world"". Of primary interest to church historians, but also replete with illustrative material applicable to the present-day situation.