East and West Through Fifteen Centuries; Being a General History from B.C. 44 to A.D. 1453

East and West Through Fifteen Centuries; Being a General History from B.C. 44 to A.D. 1453

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1916 edition. Excerpt: ...but while we read of priests being burnt and virgins shamefully tortured, we have no means of knowing how many persons were destroyed. In fact it was probably impossible for those in one province while suffering thus to ascertain how many perished in like manner in other provinces; but Tertullian's words (quoted below) show how immense the number was. Among those who suffered death at Alexandria was the father of Origen, Leonides, who was a professor of rhetoric there. He left a widow with seven children, of whom Origen was the eldest, who, besides having to remain in hiding, were plunged into the greatest poverty, as the property of Leonides was confiscated. At Alexandria also perished Eugenia, whose father held the high position of Proconsul of Egypt. She was martyred at Alexandria in 203, not even her exalted station having power to save her. Tertullian when this persecution began addressed a letter to the Proconsul of North Africa indignantly protesting against such a crime, and saying: --" Thousands of both sexes, of every rank, will crowd to martyrdom, will exhaust your fires, and weary your swords. Carthage must be half depopulated; the principal persons in the city, even perhaps your own most intimate friends and kindred, must be sacrificed." The letter shows how numerous were those slain; for it produced no effect, and sacrificed they all were. Tertullian himself and Clement of Alexandria were considered by the Christians too valuable to the Church to be allowed to surrender themselves as martyrs, and they were made to go away and hide themselves in the desert to the south, which constantly afforded a refuge to prominent men in the North African Church, when such could be prevailed upon to accede to the view that their lives...show more

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  • Paperback | 226 pages
  • 148.6 x 214.1 x 18.5mm | 358.33g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236519523
  • 9781236519528