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The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volum 1
Uten tilgangsbegrensning - 1787
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volum 4
Uten tilgangsbegrensning - 1831
Ammian ancient Antioch arms army arts Asia Augustus Aurelius Victor authority barbarians bishop Caesar capital celebrated CHAP character Christ christians church civil Constan Constantine Constantinople court Cyprian danger death deserved dignity Diocletian divine east ecclesiastical edict emperor enemy epistle eunuchs Euseb Eusebius Eutropius faith father favour Galerius Gallus Gaul Greek Hist honour human hundred imperial insensibly Italy jews Julian justice Lactantius Lactantius de M. P. laws legions Libanius Licinius magistrates Magnentius mankind martyrs Maxentius Maximian military monarch Mosheim nature Nicomedia obscure Orat pagan palace Pandect Panegyr peace perhaps persecution persons presbyters pretorian prefect prince provinces punishment quaestor rank reign religion Roman empire Rome Sapor Sarmatians sect senate Severus soldiers soon sovereign Sozomen stantine subjects Tacitus Tertullian Theod thousand tians Tillemont tion torn Trajan tribunal troops truth tyrant Vetranio victory virtues XVI1 zeal Zosimus
Side 61 - The inflexible, and, if we may use the expression, the intolerant zeal of the Christians, derived, it is true, from the Jewish religion, but purified from the narrow and unsocial spirit which, instead of inviting, had deterred the Gentiles from embracing the law of Moses. 2. The doctrine of a future life, improved by every additional circumstance which could give weight and efficacy to that important truth.
Side 91 - How shall I admire, how laugh, how rejoice, how exult, when I behold so many proud monarchs, and fancied gods, groaning in the lowest abyss of darkness; so many magistrates, who persecuted the name of the Lord, liquefying in fiercer fires than they ever kindled against the Christians; so many sage philosophers blushing in red-hot...
Side 241 - Roman emperor; but the immortal productions which they had bequeathed to posterity were exposed without defence to the rapacious vanity of a despot. By his commands the cities of Greece and Asia were despoiled of their most valuable ornaments. The trophies of memorable wars, the objects of religious veneration, the most finished statues of the gods and heroes, of the sages and poets of ancient times, contributed to the splendid triumph of Constantinople...
Side 143 - Pliny, who must have experienced the immediate effects, or received the earliest intelligence, of the prodigy. Each of these philosophers, in a laborious work, has recorded all the great phenomena of nature, earthquakes, meteors, comets and eclipses, which his indefatigable curiosity could collect. Both the one and the other have omitted to mention the greatest phenomenon to which the mortal eye has been witness since the creation of the globe.
Side 61 - Our curiosity is naturally prompted to inquire by what means the Christian faith obtained so remarkable a victory over the established religions of the earth. To this inquiry an obvious but satisfactory answer may be returned ; that it was owing to the convincing evidence of the doctrine itself, and to the ruling providence of its great Author.
Side 163 - The latter may be proved by the consent of the most ancient manuscripts ; by the inimitable character of the style of Tacitus; by his reputation, which guarded his text from the interpolations of pious fraud ; and by the purport of his narration...
Side 267 - The noble art, which had once been preserved as the sacred inheritance of the patricians, was fallen into the hands of freedmen and plebeians, who, with cunning rather than with skill, exercised a sordid and pernicious trade. Some of them procured admittance into families for the purpose of fomenting differences, of encouraging suits, and of preparing a harvest of gain for themselves or their brethren. Others, recluse in their chambers, maintained the...
Side 240 - The master of the Roman world, who aspired to erect an eternal monument of the glories of his reign, could employ in the prosecution of that great work the wealth, the labour, and all that yet remained of the genius of obedient millions.
Side 234 - Leander braved the passage of the flood for the possession of his mistress. It was here likewise, in a place where the distance between the opposite banks cannot exceed five hundred paces, that Xerxes imposed a stupendous bridge of boats, for the purpose of transporting into Europe a hundred and seventy myriads of barbarians.
Side 230 - The winding channel through which the waters of the Euxine flow with a rapid and incessant course towards the Mediterranean received the appellation of Bosphorus, a name not less celebrated in the history than in the fables of antiquity. A crowd of temples and of votive altars, profusely scattered along its steep and woody banks, attested the unskilfulness, the terrors, and the devotion of the Grecian navigators, who, after the example of the Argonauts, explored the dangers of the inhospitable Euxine....