TM Although the youth of Constantius had been spent in arms, he was endowed
with a mild and amiable disposition, and the popular voice had long since
acknowledged him worthy of the rank which he at last attained. To strengthen the
The Caesars, in their exalted rank, revered the majesty of the emperors; and the
three younger princes invariably acknowledged, by their gratitude and obedience
, the common parent of their fortunes. The suspicious jealousy of power found ...
... their weapons rude and inoffensive.2 Yet in the public disorders, these
barbarians, whom antiquity, shocked with the deformity of their figure, had almost
excluded from the human species, presumed to rank themselves among the
When a subject was at length admitted to the imperial presence, he was obliged,
whatever might be his rank, to fall prostrate on the ground, and to adore,
according to the eastern fashion, the divinity of his lord and master.k Diocletian
was a ...
... that, as affection or esteem might direct their choice, they should regularly call
to their assistance two subordinate colleagues ; and that the Caesars, rising in
their turn to the first rank, should supply an uninterrupted succession of emperors.
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Gibbon's third volume of The Decline and Fall seems to stray from the purpose stated in volume one. I think he just got carried away by the sweep of history. The melodious style and easy learning are still present but I was suffering from Gibbon fatigue by the third volume and we were off course. Les hele vurderingen