Study and Use of Ancient and Modern History

Study and Use of Ancient and Modern History

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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. 1808 edition. Excerpt: ...the various regulations for the maintenance of order were necessarily multiplied. The dignitaries of the church were, at first, elected by the joint suffrages of the clergy and the people; but, in process of time, the tumult and disorder attending popular elections caused the suffrages of the people to be laid aside, and the clergy alone claimed and exercised the right of electing their bishops; but after Constantine had given to the Christian religion the sanction and support of the imperial authority, the election of its prelates came directly, or indirectly, under the control of the emperor. During the reigns of the Pagan emperors, the Christians had become a tolerably opulent class of people; but when their religion had received the imperial sanction, a new scene opened in the church under the auspices of Constantine. This was the golden age of ecclesiastics. Before that important period, some churches had been liberally supported by the devotion and zeal of wealthy individuals; but yet the situation of the clergy was insecure and contemptible in the eyes of the Pagan world. Afterwards they lived in princely princely splendor, honored and esteemed as thd first rank of men in the empire. Formerly they had been sunk in the gloom of obscurity, but now they basked in the broad sun-shine of honor, wealth, and imperial favor; the contrast between their present and former situations giving their prosperity a higher relish. To a person who contemplates the aspect of the Roman empire, in that age, a new world seems to appear. The system of polytheism and idol-worship, which, from time immemorial had, by its pompous ceremonies and splendid festivals, commanded the veneration of mankind, fell into disrepute; and Christianity, which had so long been the...
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  • Paperback | 136 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 254g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236646169
  • 9781236646163