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The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume Ii

By Gibbon, Edward

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Title: The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume Ii  
Author: Gibbon, Edward
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Language: English
Subject: Literature & thought, Literature and history, Literature & philosophy
Collection: Project Gutenberg Consortia Center
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Note: The sixteenth chapter I cannot help considering as a very ingenious and specious, but very disgraceful extenuation of the cruelties perpetrated by the Roman magistrates against the Christians. It is written in the most contemptibly factious spirit of prejudice against the sufferers; it is unworthy of a philosopher and of humanity. Let the narrative of Cyprian?s death be examined. He had to relate the murder of an innocent man of advanced age, and in a station deemed venerable by a considerable body of the provincials of Africa, put to death because he refused to sacrifice to Jupiter. Instead of pointing the indignation of posterity against such an atrocious act of tyranny, he dwells, with visible art, on the small circumstances of decorum and politeness which attended this murder, and which he relates with as much parade as if they were the most important particulars of the event.

 

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