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left by the tribes of the Saracens and on the right by the sea.
6. Nicator Seleucus, after he had occupied that district, increased its prosperity to a wonderful degree, when, after tho death of Alexander, king of Macedonia, he took possession of tho kingdom of Persia by right of succession; being a mighty and victorious king, as his surnamo indicates. And making froo uso of his numerous subjects, vhoni ho governed for a long timo in tranquillity, he changed groups of rustic habitations into regular cities, important for their great wealth and power, tho greater part of which at the present day, although they are allied by Greek names which were given them by the choice of their founder, have nevertheless not lost their original appellations which the original Bottlers of tho villages gave them in the Assyrian language.
7. Aftor Osdroono, which, as I have already said, I intend to omit from this description, tho first province to bo mentioned in Coiamngena, now called Euphratcnsis, -which has arisen into importnnco by slow degrees, and is remarkable for the splendid cities of Ilierapolis, tho ancient Minus, and Samosata.
8. The next province is Syria, which is spread over a beautiful champaign country. This province is ennobled by Antioch, a city known over the whole world, with which no other can vie in respect of its riches, whether im[>ortod or natural: and by Laodicca and Apameia, and also by Solouoia, all oitics which have ever boon most prosperous from their earliest foundation.
0. After this comes Phoonicia, a province lying under Mount Lebanon, full of beauty and elegance, and docoratod with oitics of groat sizo and splendour, among which Tyre excels all in tho beauty of its situation and in its renown. And noxt come Sidon and Borytus, and on a par with them Emissa and Damascus, cities founded in remote ages.
10. These provinces, which the river Orontes borders, a river which passes by the foot of the celobrated and lofty mountain Caseins, end at last falls into tho Lovant near the Gulf of Issus, wero added to the Roman dominion by Cnsons Pompey, who, aftor ho had oonquorod Tigranos, separated them from the kingdom of Armenia,
11. The last province of the Syrias is Palestine, a district of great extent, abounding in •well-cultivated and beautiful land, and having several magnificent cities, all of equal importance, and rivalling one another as it were, in parallel lines. For instance, Csesarea, which Herod built in honour of the Frince Octavianus, and Eleuthcmpolis, and Neapolis, and also Ascalon, and Gaza, cities built in bygone ages.
12. In these districts no navigable river is seen: in many places, too, waters naturally hot rise out of the ground well suited for the euro of various diseases. These regions also Pompey formed into a Roman province after ho had subdued the Jews and taken Jerusalem: and he made over their government to a local governor.
13. Contiguous to Palestine is Arabia, a country which on its other sido joins tho Nobathaji—a land full of the most plenteous variety of merchandize, and studded with strong forts and castles, which ho watchful solicitude of its ancient, inhabitants has erected in suitable defiles, in order to repress tho inroads of tho neighbouring nations. This province, too, besides several towns, has somo mighty cities, such as Hostra, Gerasa, and Philadelphia, fortified with very strong walls. It was the Emperor Trajan who first gave this country tho name of a Roman province, and appointed a governor over it, and compelled it to obey our laws, after having by repeated victories crushed tho arroganco of the inhabitants, when he was carrying his glorious arms into Media and Parthia,
14. There is also the island of Cyprus, not very far from the continent, and abounding in excellent harbours, which, besides its many municipal towns, is especially famous for two renowned cities, Salamis and Papnos, the one celebrated for its temple of Jupiter, the other for its temple ot Venus. This same Cyprus is so fertile, and 60 abounding in riches of every kind, that without requiring any external assistance, it can by its own native resonrccs build a merchant ship from the very foundation of the keel tip to the top sails, and send it to sea fully equipped with stores.
15. It is not to bo denied that tho Roman people invaded this island with more oovetousncss than justice. For when Ptolemy, the king, who was connected with ns by treaty, and was also our ally, was without any fault of his own proscribed, merely on account of the necessities of our treasury, and slew himself by taking poison, the inland was made tributary to us, and its spoils placed on board our fleet, as if taken from an enemy, and carried to Rome by Cato. We will now return to the actions of Constantius in their due order.
§ 1. Amid all thoso various disasters, Ursicinns, who wns the governor of Xisibis, an officor to whom the command of tho emporor had particularly attached mo as a sorvant, was summoned from that city, and in spite of his reluctance, and of the opposition which he made to the clamorous bands of flatterers, was forced to investigate the origin of tho pernicious strife which had arisen, fie was indeed a soldier of great skill in war, and an approved loader of troops; but a man who had always kept himself aloof from, tho strifo of tho forum. He, alarmed at his own dar.ger when ho saw tho corrupt accusers and judgos who were associated with him, all emerging out of tho same lurkingplaces, wroto secret letters to Constantius informing him of what was going on, both publicly and in secret j and imploring such assistance as, by striking fear into Gallus, should somewhat curb his notorious arrogance.
2. But through excessivo caution ho had fallen into a worso snare, as we shall relato hereafter, since his enemies got tho opportunity of laying numerous snaros for him, to poison the mind of Constantius against him; Constantius, in other respects a pi inco of moderation, was sovere and implacablo if any person, howover moan and unknown, •whispered suspicion of danger into his cars, and in such matters was wholly unliko himself.
3. On the day appointed for this fatal examination, tho master of the horse took his seat under the pretence of being the judge; others being also sot as his assessors, who were instructed beforehand what was to be done: and there wcro present also notaries on each side of him, who kept the Caisar rapidly and continually informed of all tho questions which wore put and all the answers which were given; and by his pitiless ordors, urged as he was by
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the persuasions of the queen, who kept her ear at the curtain, many were put to death without being permitted to soften the accusations brought against them, or to say a word in their own defence.
4. The first persons who were brought before them were Epigonius and Eusebius, who were ruined because of the similarity of their names to those of other people; for we have already mentioned that Montius, when just at the point of death, had intended to inculpate the tribunes of manufactures, who were called by these names, as men who had promised to be his supports in some futuro enterprise.
5. Epigonius was only a philosopher as far as his dress went, as was evident, when, having tried entreaties in vain, his sides having been torn with blows, and the fear of instant death being presented to him, he affirmed by a base confession that his companion was privy to his plans, though in fact he had no plans; nor had he ever seen or heard anything, being wholly unconnected with forensic affairs. But Eusebius, confidently denying what he was accused of, continued firm in unshaken constancy, loudly declaring what it was a band of robbers before whom #. was brought, and not a court of justice.
6. And when, like a man well acquainted with the law, he demanded that his accuser should be produced, and claimed the usual rights of a prisoner; the Caesar, having heard of his conduct, and looking on his freedom as pride, ordered him to be put to the torture as an audacious calumniator; and w: Eusebius had been tortured so severely that he had no longer any limbs left for torments, imploring heaven for justice, and still smiling disdainfully, he remained immovable, with a firm heart, not permitting his tongue to accuse himself or any one else. And so at length, without having either made any confession, or being convicted of anything, he was condemned to death with the spiritless partner of his sufferings. He was then led away to death, protesting against the ini quity of the times; imitating in his conduct the celebrated Stoic of old, Zeno, who, after he had been long subjected to torture in order to extract from him some false confession, tore out his tongue by the roots and threw it, bloody as it was, into the face of the king of Cyprus, who was examining him.
7. After these events the affair of the royal robe was cxamined into. And when those who were employed in dyeing purple had been put to the torture, and had confessed that they had woven a short tunic to cover the chest, without sleeves, a certain person, by name Maras, was brought in, a deacon, as the Christians call him ; letters from whom were produced, written in the Greek language to the superintendent of the # Imanufactory at Tyre, which pressed him to have the beautiful work finished speedily; of which work, however, these letters gave no further description. And at last this man also was tortured, to the danger of his life, but could not be made to confess anything.
8. After the investigation had been carried on with the examination, under torture of many persons, when some things appeared doubtful, and others it was plain were of a very unimportant character, and after many persons had been put to death, the two Apollinares, father and son, were condemned to banishment; and when they had come to a place which is called Craterae, a country house of their own, which is four-andtwenty miles from Antioch, there, according to the order which had been given, their legs were broken, and they were put to death.
9. After their death Gallus was not at all less ferocious than before, but rather like a lion which has once tasted blood, he made many similar investigations, all of which it is not worth while to relate, lest I should exceed the bounds which I have laid down for myself; an error which is to be avoided
§ 1. WHILE the East was thus for a long time suffering under these calamities, at the first approach of open weather, Constantius being in his seventh consulship, and the Caesar
101 Was 2. And while he was staying in that district, as he did