History Of The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire (1875)

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CHAPTER II. OF THE UNION AND INTERNAL PROSPERITY OF THE ROHAN EMPIRE, IN THE AGE OF THE ANTONINE8. It is not alone by the rapidity, or extent of conquest, thai we should estimate the greatness of Borne. The sovereign of the ...
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CHAPTER II. OF THE UNION AND INTERNAL PROSPERITY OF THE ROHAN EMPIRE, IN THE AGE OF THE ANTONINE8. It is not alone by the rapidity, or extent of conquest, thai we should estimate the greatness of Borne. The sovereign of the Russian deserts commands a larger portion of the globe. In the seventh summer after his passage of the Hel, lespont, Alexander erected the Macedonian trophies on the banks of the Hyphasis.' Within less than a century, the irresistible Zingis, and the Mogul princes of his race, spread their cruel devastations aad transcicnt empire from the sea of China, to the confines of Egypt and Germany.2 But the firm edifice of Roman power was raised and preserved by the wisdom of ages. The obedient provinces of Trajan and the Antonines were united by laws, and adorned by arts. They might occasionally suffer from the partial abuse of delegated authority ; but the general principle of government was wise, simple, and beneficent. They enjoyed the religion of their ancestors, whilst in civil honors and advantages they were exalted, by just degrees, to an equality with their conquerors. I. The policy of the emperors and the senate, so far as it 1 They were erected about the midway between Labor and Delhi. The conquest of Alexander in Hindostan were confined to the Fun- jab, a country watered by the five great streams of the Indus. See M. da Guignes, Histoire dcs Huns, 1. xv. xvi. and xvii. The Hyphasis is one of the five rivers which join the Indus or the Sind, after having traversed the province of Pendj-ftb—a name which, in Persian, signifies/f riecri. G. The five rivers were, 1. The Hydaspep, now the Chclum, Behni, or Bcdivta, (Santrrit, Vitash.4, Arrow-swift.) 2. The Acesines, the Chenab, Santrrit. ChamlrubhdgA, Moon-gift.) 8. Hydra- otes, the Ravey, ...
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  • ISBN-13: 9780217486538
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 8/15/2009
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.53 (d)

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nth the original, endowed, for that purpose, with a nrracu- lous and prolific virtue. The most ambitious aspired from a filial to a fraternal relation with the image of Edessa; and such is the veronica of Rome, or Spain, or Jerusalem, which Christ in his agony and bloody sweat applied to his face, and delivered to a holy matron. The fruitful precedent was speedily transferred to the Virgin Mary, and the saints and martyrs. In the church of Diospolis, in Palestine, the features of the Mother of God 13 were deeply inscribed in a marble column ; the East and West have been decorated by the pencil of St. Luke ; and the Evangelist, who was perhaps a physician, has been forced to exercise the occupation of a painter, so profane and odious in the eyes of the primitive Christians. The Olympian Jove, created by the muse of Homer and the chisel of Phidias, might inspire a philosophic mind with momentary devotion; but these Catholic images were faintly and flatly delineated by monkish artists in the last degeneracy of taste and genius.14 The worship of images had stolen into the church by insensible degrees, and each petty step was pleasing to the superstitious mind, as productive of comfort, and innocent of sin. But in the beginning of the eighth century, in the full magnitude of the abuse, the more timorous Greeks were awakened by an apprehension, that under the mask of Christianity, they had restored the religion of their fathers: they heard, with grief and impatience, the name of idolaters; the incessant charge of the Jews and Mahometans,15 who derived from the Law and the Koran an immortal hatred to graven images and all relative worship. The servitude of the Jews might curb theirzeal, and depreciate their authority ; but the triumphant Mussulmans, who reigned at Damascus, and 13...
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2003

    Great source of research

    A remarkable historical resource, 'History' covers all the details and answered many of my historical questions with regards to the Roman Empire. It was a tough reader, yet I was able to retain alot of the information contained in this HUGE text!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2002

    BORING!!!!!!!!!!!

    i am sorry to all the historians out there that seem to think that this is an excellent book but I found it unreadable and finally just gave up. My father is a professor of archealogy and he had recommended that I read it but I just couldn't make any sense of it. I was looking for a good entertaining book about the Roman empire and this was not it. Maybe I am just not intellectual enough-sorry Dad!

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    Poorly written

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