The History Of The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire Volume 2

Paperback | July 9, 2012

byEdward Gibbon

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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. 1850 edition. Excerpt: ... 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.8 The emperor was soon convinced, that he had too hastily proscribed the orthodox faith and the exemplary morals of the Novatians, who had dissented frSm 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 s After some examination of the various opinions of Tillemont, Beausobre, Lardner, fec., I am convinced that Manes did not propagate his sect, even in Persia, before the year 270. It is strange, that a philosophic and foreign heresy should have penetrated so rapidly into the African provinces; yet I cannot easily reject the edict of Diocletian against the Manichseans, which may be found in Baronius. (Anna1. Ecc1. A. D. 287.) Constantinus enim, cum limatius superstitionum qusereret sectas, Manichseorum et similium, &c. Ammian. xv. 15. Strategius, who from, this commission obtained the surname of Musonianus, was a Christian of the Arian sect. He acted as one of the...

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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. 1850 edition. Excerpt: ... pleaded for the rights of humanity. Two immaterial circumstances may serve, however, to prove that the mind of Constan...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:252 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.53 inPublished:July 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217389651

ISBN - 13:9780217389655

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