The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume 2

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume 2

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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. 1862 edition. Excerpt: ... part i. p. 43, 411. 174 The date of Tertullian's Apology is fixed, in a dissertation of Mosheim, to the year 198. Rather 199.--S. 175 In the fifteenth century there were few who had either inclination or courage to question whether Joseph of Arimathea founded the monastery of Glastonbury, and whether Dionysius the Areopagite preferred the residence of Paris to that of Athens. limits of the Roman Gennesareth, he was transformed into a valorous knight, who charged at the head of the Spanish chivalry in their battles against the Moors. The gravest historians have celebrated his exploits; the miraculous shrine of Compostella displayed his power; and the sword of a military order, assisted by the terrors of the Inquisition, was sufficient to remove every objection of profane criticism.176 The progress of Christianity was not confined to the Roman empire; and, according to the primitive fathers, who Beyond the interpret facts by prophecy, the new religion, within a century after the death of its Divine Author, had already enmiravisited every part of the globe. "There exists not," says Justin Martyr, " a people, whether Greek or barbarian, or any other race " of men, by whatsoever appellation or manners they may be distin" guished, however ignorant of arts or agriculture, whether they " dwell under tents, or wander about in covered waggons, among " whom prayers are not offered up in the name of a crucified Jesus " to the Father and Creator of all things." 177 But this splendid exaggeration, which even at present it would be extremely difficult to reconcile with the real state of mankind, can be considered only as the rash sally of a devout but careless writer, the measure of whose belief was regulated more

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  • English
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