The History Of The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire (Volume 2)

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CHAP. XIV. Troubles after the abdication of Diocletian.—Death tif Cmftantius.—Elevation of Conjlantine and Max- eniius.—Six Emperbis at the fame time. Death of Miiximian and Galerius.—ViElorics of Cmjlan- tme over Maxentius and ...
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CHAP. XIV. Troubles after the abdication of Diocletian.—Death tif Cmftantius.—Elevation of Conjlantine and Max- eniius.—Six Emperbis at the fame time. Death of Miiximian and Galerius.—ViElorics of Cmjlan- tme over Maxentius and Licinnt.- — Re union of the Empire under the authority of Coiijlan- tine. THE balance of power eftablifhed by Diocle- Fi nod of tian fubfifted no longer than while it was c',!jI-,i. fuiiained by the firm and dextrous hand of the licn.A.D. founder. It required fuch a fortunate mixture of 3s-313- different tempers and abilities as could fcarcely he found or even expected a fecond time ; two emperors without jealoufy, two Caefars without ambition, and the fame general interefl invariably purfued by four independent princes. The abdication of Diocletian and Maximian was fuc- ceeded by eighteen years of difcord and confu- fion. The empire was afflicted by five civil wars ; and the remainder of the time was not fo much a ftate of tranquiliity as a fufpenfion of arms, between feveral hoftile monarchs, who, viewing each other with an eye of fear and hatred, ftrove toincreafe their refpective forces at theexpenceof their fubjefts. As foon as Diocletian and Maximian had re- charter figned the purple, their ftation, according to the a"'i fitua- rules of the newconftitution, was filled by the two c"ilarii Caefars, Conftantius and Galerius, who imme- tins. diately aflumed the title of Auguftus (i). The honours (i) M. De Montefquicu (Confiderations'fur la Grandeur et li Decadence des Remains, c. 17.) fuppofrs on the authority of Oro- fus and Eufebins, that on this occalion, the empire, for the firft time was really divided into two parts. It is difficult however, to iiilcoverin whatrefpeA the plan of Galerius differed from that of Diocletian. ...
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  • ISBN-13: 9781458880352
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 10/14/2010
  • Pages: 252
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shores of the Atlantic ocean, and the most distant countries of the East :(62) and their piely was authorized by the example of the empress Helena, who appears to have united the creduhly of the age with the warm feelings of a recent conversion. Sages and heroes, who have visited the memorable scenes of ancient wisdom or glory, have confessed the inspiration of the genius of the place ;(63) and the Christian, who knelt before the holy sepulchre, ascribed his lively failli, and his fervent devotion, to the more immediate influence of the Divine spirit. The zeal, perhaps the avarice, of the clergy at Jerusalem, cherished and multiplied these beneficial visits. They fixed by unquestionable tradition, the scene of each memorable event. They exhibited the instruments which had been used in the passion of Christ ; the nails and the lance that had pierced his hands, his feet, and his side ; the crown of thorns that was planted on his head ; the pillar at which he was scourged ; and above all they showed the cross on which he suffered, and which was dug out of the earth in the reign of those princes, who inserted the symbols of Christianity in the banners of the Roman legions.(64) Such miracles, as seemed necessary to account for its extraordinaiy preservation, and seasonable discovery, were gradually propa- fated without opposition. The custody of the true cross, which on Easter unday was solemnly exposed to the people, was intrusted to the bishop of Jerusalem ; and he alone might gratify the curious devotion of the pilgrims, by the gift of small pieces, which they enchased in gold or gems, and carried away in triumph to their respective countries. But as this gainful branch ofcommerce must soon have been annihilated, it was found convenient to suppose, that the marvellous wood posse...
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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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  • 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!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted October 27, 2011

    Terrible version

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    Poorly written

    I saw way too many spelling errors an missing letters replaced by *.

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