Super-gentle, super-beautiful, super-strong Christians, full of super good humor. In other words, totally unlike Christians today. But surely the early Christians became Christians because they were so miserable, so used to suffering. And surely the Romans never gave them so many opportunities not to be martyred. But the ending is pleasant enough, except for the tripe about compromise/prudence (though the synthesis may well be the Christians corrupting Rome, and Rome corrupting the Christians--indeed, the only already synthesized/compromised Roman/Christian here is the only character killed off, and in neither Roman nor Christian fashion).