"Like the Islamic suicide bombers of today, the Christians shocked the people with their willingness to die."
This is just fucking crap. None of us care about Islamists dying; frankly, if they want to die, who gives a shit?
The differences between the Christians who were willing to be matyred for their faith and the Islamic suicide bombers of today are manifold. A really good place to start, though, would be that the Islamic suicide bombers are, in fact, homicide bombers; their primary goal is to murder other people.
The Christians were merely willing to be ripped to shreds, in public, by tigers rather than renounce their faith. They did not die in order to murder others.
Frankly, Boris, I'm shocked and saddened at this moral equivalence.
UPDATE: It's difficult, says Boris, to think of a major power that has not tried to project Roman symbolism, such as the Roman eagle, onto itself; he cites Mussolini, Hitler and the Tzars of Russia. I'll give you one, Boris: the British Empire.
Gah! I'm starting to think that Boris is concealing a desire for the success of the EU...