History of the decline and fall of the Roman Empire (1875)

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byEdward Gibbon

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ...whose leading banners the various Gnostics of Asia and Ef;ypt had insensibly rallied; and perhaps the ManichEeans, who had recently imported from Persia a more artful composition of Oriental and Christian theology.9 The design of extirpating the name, or at least of restraining the progress, of these odious Heretics, was prosecuted with vigor and effect. Some of the penal regulations were copied from the edicts of Diocletian; and this method of conversion was applauded by the same bishops who had felt the hand of oppression, and pleaded for the rights of humanity. Two immaterial circumstances may serve, however, to prove that the mind of Constantine was not entirely corrupted by the spirit of zeal and bigotry. Before he condemned the Manichaeans and their kindred sects, he resolved to make an accurate inquiry into the nature of their religious principles. As if he distrusted the impartiality of his ecclesiastical counsellors, this delicate commission was intrusted to a civil magistrate, whose learning and moderation he justly esteemed, and of whose venal character he was probably ignorant.3 The emperor was soon convinced, that he had too hastily proscribed the orthodox faith and the exemplary morals of the Novatians, who had dissented from the church in some articles of discipline which were not perhaps essential to salvation. By a particular edict, he exempted them from the general penalties of the law;4 allowed them to build a church at Constantinople, respected the miracles of their saints, invited their bishop Acesius to the council of Nice; and gently ridiculed the narrow tenets of his sect by a familiar After some examination of the various opinions of TUlenmat, Beausobre, Lardncr, &c, I am convinced that Manes did not propagate his...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ...whose leading banners the various Gnostics of Asia and Ef;ypt had insensibly rallied; and perhaps the ManichEea...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:252 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.53 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217486533

ISBN - 13:9780217486538

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