Time and Faith; An Inquiry Into the Data of Ecclesiastical History Volume 2

Time and Faith; An Inquiry Into the Data of Ecclesiastical History 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. 1857 edition. Excerpt: ...is deserted by the Praetorian guards, and, after a reign of only sixty-six days, is, by command of the Senate, beheaded, as a common criminal: A.d. 193. SEVERUS. 451 Severus is proclaimed emperor, but his authority is not acknowledged by Niger and Albinus. Dissimulating with both, by intimating a wish to regard them as colleagues, the first care of Severus is to dissolve the Prastorian guards; substitute for them a more numerous body of provincial troops, strangers to Italy; and to appease the clamorous distress which he meets with in Rome, by large distributions of corn among the populace. He then, without any declaration of hostility, marches against Niger; who by way of precaution has placed a strong garrison and fleet in Byzantium, (Constantinople). Severus does not hesitate to leave Byzantium in his rear, falls suddenly upon a division of Niger's army, defeats it, and advancing into Cilicia against the main body, obtains a victory over Niger himself; who is overtaken in his flight from the field of battle, and slain. The struggle, however, is continued by the garrison and fleet of Byzantium; which sustains a siege of three years; but is at length taken, and laid in ruins. Severus then throws off the mask of friendship with Albinus, and treats him as a rebel. An obstinate battle between the two rivals is fought in the neighbourhood of Lyons; the chances of which are at first in favour of Albinus, who is at the head of the united legions of Britain, Gaul, and Spain; but end in his overthrow and death: A.d. 197. It is in the midst of this contest, and while the influence of Niger is still dominant in the East, that we read of numerous Synods, or Councils of bishops, the first mentioned in ecclesiastical history, to discuss the old subjects of...show more

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  • Paperback | 132 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 249g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236615778
  • 9781236615770