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Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, vol 2
     

Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, vol 2

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by Edward Gibbon
 

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Note: The sixteenth chapter I cannot help considering as a very ingenious and specious, but very disgraceful extenuation of the cruelties perpetrated by the Roman magistrates against the Christians. It is written in the most contemptibly factious spirit of prejudice against the sufferers; it is unworthy of a philosopher and of humanity. Let the narrative of Cyprian's

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Note: The sixteenth chapter I cannot help considering as a very ingenious and specious, but very disgraceful extenuation of the cruelties perpetrated by the Roman magistrates against the Christians. It is written in the most contemptibly factious spirit of prejudice against the sufferers; it is unworthy of a philosopher and of humanity. Let the narrative of Cyprian's death be examined. He had to relate the murder of an innocent man of advanced age, and in a station deemed venerable by a considerable body of the provincials of Africa, put to death because he refused to sacrifice to Jupiter. Instead of pointing the indignation of posterity against such an atrocious act of tyranny, he dwells, with visible art, on the small circumstances of decorum and politeness which attended this murder, and which he relates with as much parade as if they were the most important particulars of the event.

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BN ID:
2940012715456
Publisher:
New Century Books
Publication date:
12/06/2010
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Many place names do not appear on a modern map. Measurements in quantities and distances are not readily understandable and monetary values have no relationship in today's currency. Footnotes are incorporated with the text and are hard to separate. I think the footnotes should have been italicized. Reading this book has always been on my bucket list and I am grateful to have had the opportunity.