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280. Revolt of Bonosus and Proculus in Gaul .
OF ORDER AND *AN&UILLITY. —THE PERSIAN waR, VICTORY,
Departments and H
armony of the four Princes.
Power of Carausius
Treatment of the Barbarians
296. Conduct of Diocletian in Egypt
A.D. PA Gre 314. Quarrel between.Constantine and Licinius - e • 507 First Civil War between them - - - • 508 814. Battle of Cibalis . . . . - - 509 Battle of Mardia . - . 510 Treaty of Peo - - - - - - . 511 315–323. Genero! Peace, and Laws of Constantine. - . 512 322. The Gothic."o . - - - - - - . 515 823. Second Civil War between Constantine and Licinius . • 516 Battle of Hadrianople . - - - - - . 518 siege of Byomium, and Naval Victory of Crispus . 519 Baile of Chrysopolis, . e - - - - . 520 submission.” Peath of Licinius . . . . . to
324. Reunion of * iro. . . . . . • & 22.
DECLINE AND FALL
THE ROMAN EMPIRE,
THE EXTENT AND MILITARY FORCE OF THE EMPIRE IN THE AGod
IN the second century of the Christian era, the empire of Rome comprehended the fairest part of the earth, and the most civilized portion of mankind. The frontiers of that extensive monarchy were guarded by ancient renown and disciplined valour. The gentle, but powerful, influence of laws and manners had gradually cemented the union of the provinces. Their peaceful inhabitants enjoyed and abused the advantages of wealth and luxury. The image of a free constitution was preserved with decent reverence: the Roman senate appeared to possess the sovereign authority, and devolved on the emperors all the executive powers of government. . During a happy period of more than fourscore years, the public administration was conducted by the virtue and abilities of Nerva, Trajan, Hadrian, and the two Antonines. It is the design of this, and of the two succeeding chapters, to describe the prosperous,condition of their empire; and afterwards, from the death of Marcus Antoninus, to deduce the most important, circumstances of its decline and fall; a revolution which will ever be rememhered, and is still felt, by the nations of the earth. Io