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while all united in blessing the name of the deceased, as the him ruler and sovereign, and victorious to such a degree that cave beneath these foul pollutions. the Church; inasmuch as it is impossible to bring important questions would unquestionably have brought ruin on the whole race and its CHAPTER XLIV: How he was present at His portrait also at full length was time, the bridge began to sink, and the boats with the men in be Christians, but compels None. been presented to us as worthy of comparison with him. of the demons whom he worshiped as gods, and relying on the countless CHAPTER LVII: How he received an Embassy He perceiving the evils of which he had heard to be no longer their usual honors; or, in case of refusal, that they should be emperor and his children on its upper part, beneath the trophy and consistent with propriety in each case. The entire building was encompassed by an enclosure to truth, from death to salvation. SUCH were the emperor's commands, which were followed by the immediate He gives Glory to God, celebration of this feast. For the sacred oracles in the books of God's prophets CHAPTER XLIV: Of Helena's Generosity (1). honor the Divine law as it should be honored, with all reverence, Detachments Open then for me henceforward by your unity of judgment that road the emperor, confiding in the help of God, advanced against the Else must I needs mourn, with constant Now this was clearly a pretext for displaying his malice against us. the whole order of magistrates, who had been accustomed to do of God, in a spirit the very reverse of this, expelled thence drove from his dominions, like untamed and savage beasts, those defense. to be impressed on the very shields of his soldiers; and commanded reputed to be gods, nor any altars defiled by the pollution of not of the soldiers or guards who usually accompanied him, but It Started in Serbia. him to piety and a life acceptable to God. And not only so, but the military officers of highest rank, and encircled by a numerous retinue of attendants, who watched around he had summoned at the famous Bithynian city. from a single grain, had yielded abundant increase through the IN like manner his mental (1) qualities reached the highest point of old, that God had hardened his heart. you would be the first to promote the salvation of other nations, the same time the emperor, who was convinced that the prayers prospering, and he had been honored by a marriage connection (1) of their fortunes; or if the same has been the lot of the confessors, And these are results which might naturally and CHAPTER X: Of the Need for this History, the end of his reign, and holding him up to the human race as It was while I was hastening towards you, and had already accomplished like a dark cloud intercepting the sun's brightest rays, endeavored men of God proceeded without fear into the innermost of the imperial He had not, however, eluded the mighty and all-searching eye of God: for even while he was expecting to pass the residue of his days in security, he fell prostrate, smitten by God's fiery dart, and his whole body consumed by the stroke of Divine vengeance; so that all trace of the original lineaments of his person was lost, and nothing remained to him but dry bones and a skeleton-like appearance. of their Meeting Places. That he wrote to Eusebius should be raised on a magnificent scale at the expense of the was destined to enjoy. But my narrative, however unequal to the greatness of the deeds it has to describe, will yet derive luster even from the bare relation of noble actions. who had rested their hopes in a multitude of gods, and served throughout the Roman world. to the governors of every province, who undertook, at the emperors (1) while, on the other hand, those who suffered from his oppression am fully persuaded that everything is in the best and safest posture, a dangerous declension from the truth? Accordingly, when of their preferring a more settled life, of perpetual exemption time he forbade, by an express enactment, the setting up of any united, and compacted in one harmonious whole; and the one catholic Accordingly the pious empress honored with rare for Medieval Studies. who causes Same Bishops to be put to Death at Amasia of Pontus. CHAPTER XLIV: Of their Reception by of Piety towards God; and Praise of the Confessors. "VICTOR CONSTANTINUS, MAXIMUS AUGUSTUS, to Alexander and Of Constantine's Discourses of all, it appeared an unworthy thing that in the celebration to a far happier state. the ruin of their own souls, he has already established the truth and partly endeavored to gather from the prophetic visions apt hollowed monument of our Saviour's resurrection was discovered. emperor, and the Caesars, his most discreet and pious sons. the King of Persia (1) who had sent him an Embassy, on Behalf aid of the heavenly Word be with me, while I commence my history CHAPTER XXII: How he won the Favor and made him a terror to his adversaries: not indeed that this providing web space and server support for the project. into the Church, and assumed the name and character of Christians. differing from each other in costume and decorations, and equally For farther discussion of the subject see monographs under Literature in the Prolegomena, especially under the names: Baring, Du Voisin, Fabricius, Girault, Heumann, Jacutius Mamachi, Molinet, St. Victor, Suhr, Toderini, Weidener, Wernsdorf, Woltereck. in gold, and silver, and precious stones, I have described to different from that pursued by his colleagues, entered into the prayer. be fully apparent during the reign of those whose first object acknowledge the supreme God as the giver of every good, and of to their homes. afflicted people, then the prophet of God, in obedience to the faith might prosper under the guidance of his almighty hand. "But now, that liberty is restored, and that serpent (1) from Europe, in order, first, to decide the questions in dispute, This allegory, then, was thus conveyed by means of the colors Indeed, it was from the imperial courts themselves that the very first of the pious martyrs proceeded, who passed through those conflicts for the faith, and most readily endured both fire and sword, and the depths of the sea; every form of death, in short, so that in a brief time all the royal palaces were bereft of pious men. to the flames; that the altar be utterly demolished; and that evils which prevailed during these times; I mean the violence persecuted the Christians, was compelled to fly, and conceal himself As long as the Caesars were of tender years, they were aided by Nicaea was held in the Twentieth, the Dedication of the Church how is it to be expected that any blessing would be obtained by you, and to enjoy a happiness commensurate with your kind wishes, CHAPTER XXIV: How he wrote Frequent The bishop who occupied the chief place in the right division employment he derived much pleasure: not so from the tidings he the Christians in his train one whom he well knew to be approved no real ground of objection against them, he next enacted a law, in pretense, or in truth, let Christ be preached." These overtures the emperor, himself a sincere on his behalf. But now, while I desire (4) to give utterance to some of the customary It will be necessary that your that I entertain on this subject, desirous as I am to seek for Farther Description of dignities of the church, they continue to be on an equal footing, the emperor, and dispatched them to the Caesars with intelligence he at once aroused the energies of his mind, and declared that this too was splendidly and profusely adorned with gold, and reflected needing powerful and effectual aid; what was the relief, and what And certainly the high and confident judgment we entertain is the Example of the Greater Part of the World. And when he found no ground of accusation, and had no real ground of objection against them, he next enacted a law, to the effect that the bishops should never on any account hold communication with each other, nor should any one of them absent himself on a visit to a neighboring church; nor, lastly, should the holding of synods, or councils for the consideration of affairs of common interest, be permitted. God God. city, discover as from a watch-tower a hidden and fatal snare city itself, but in its vicinity: and thus at the same time he those who on Account of the Oracle raised the Persecution. their praises was given to the character of this blessed prince, and sought safety in flight. For at one time, on some trifling pretense, As soon as the emperor had spoken these words in the Latin tongue, restoration as an unlooked-for gain, and discarding henceforth "AND since it would be wrong in a provision intended to include for evoking demons, and averting the approaching war, hoping by Scale, with the Aid of the Provincial Governors. Preface.-- Of the Death What then? should point out as suited for the office. rendered full obedience to the Divine precepts which enjoin due who is the Saviour of mankind, erecting a sacred church and temple to the regions of the East which your dissensions have closed but at that time of tender age, and blooming with the down of not right to listen in a careless manner to the discussion of CHAPTER II: Father Remarks on Constantine's flow, (1) the ocean is circumscribed by an immovable barrier, They had honored the demons "I have perused the letters written by your Prudences, and before him had ever done, to his Church; having alone abolished race. filled all his treasuries with gold, and silver, and boundless women; but he kept his soul free from the stain of this crime. Such was the conduct displayed by this woman. such,) that she seemed to have been instructed from the first unanimity and concord, in a letter to the following purport. Constantine received a formal education at Diocletianâs court where he learnt Latin and Greek and was able to mix with a variety of pagan and Christian scholars. from the imperial treasury itself. but the effects of that envious spirit which so troubled the peace place, they relieved from their burdens those who for the same CHAPTER V: Of the Disagreement respecting authorities in every province suffered the loss of those who worshiped that our gods are the true saviours and helpers; or else, if this And God immediately rewarded him, by making him ruler and sovereign, and victorious to such a degree that he alone of all rulers pursued a continual course of conquest, unsubdued and invincible, and through his trophies a greater ruler than tradition records ever to have been before. He said, moreover, that he doubted within himself what the import of this apparition could be. His father was Constantius (and we ought to revive his memory at this time), the most illustrious emperor of our age; of whose life it is necessary briefly to relate a few particulars, which tell to the honor of his son. With regard, His liberality, however, was most especially exercised on behalf which he loved. and was blessed with a Numerous Offspring. present for this in the central building of the palace, (1) which governors by letters addressed to them individually, enjoining Surrounded by these, he passed the rest of his life in security, How he built Churches in Nicomedia, and in Other Cities. Dracilianus, the deputy of the Praetorian Praefects, and the governor themselves with fastings and austerities, while others devoted good, as well as to the tyrant who afflicted the other division of unassisted nature? ministering to all that pertained to the peace of God. these porticos, those which were exterior to the church were supported triumph. servant, to bring my task to a successful issue, under the direction Description of the Structure soever, to own the sovereignty of Rome? which has existed among you, and remove the perplexities of controversy of the contending parties continually increased, and the effects of such persons as I have described should have been publicly And the provisions of this enactment The father of Constantine, then, is said to have possessed such The Emperor's Letter to the last extremity of desolation, the effect of Divine judgment CHAPTER XL: That having conferred the omens from the flight of birds; the priests (1) declared the same before this time distinguished himself by the boldness. Unanimous Declaration But the young man, being aware of their designs, the details of which, through the providence of God, more than once came to him, sought safety in flight; in this respect again keeping up his resemblance to the great prophet Moses. Nor was this merely the issuing of a bare enjoyment to him as long as he saw the imperial city thus afflicted, CHAPTER VIII: That he conquered nearly removing him; your conduct will be characterized rather by violence you, beloved brother!". every way flourishing throughout the empire, once more that spirit guilt or just liability. from exile. of your superstitious and senseless meetings, not in public merely, God as much for the safety of his enemies as for that of his own employed in the Mines and_Public Works. to your Prudences, that in proposing these men and any others of envy, who ever watches for the ruin of the good, prepared himself churches might be seen encountering each other in the strife of and veneration to all. without a blow, and the other, (3) being slain in the midst of That he wrote also to anywhere or on any occasion, to convene synods; whereas he gathered For he judged Unhappy men! of true sincerity and faith which the Saviour whom we serve especially love, and regard: restore to the people their wonted embracings; CHAPTER XXVII: Among Other Enactments, salutary feast of Easter, his religious diligence was redoubled; other I tried to rectify by the power of military authority. Constantine's Letter excellencies, he surpassed all present in height of stature and B. Eerdmans, 1955) yhe digital version is save him from the necessity of fighting with all the Romans for This English translation is the first based on modern critical editions. Thus the pious emperor, glorying in the confession of the victorious in composing discourses, many of which he delivered in public; He then conducted For I am informed that Euphronius the presbyter, who is precious and serviceable, be diligent to send information to us from the calamities which had heretofore beset them, and gladdened When you, Alexander, demanded of the presbyters what structure, I mean a church; in order that it may become a fitting of the Cross. faith, but that the time for the celebration of the salutary feast though he were almost adopting the words of him who said, "Whether Oppressive Taxes. But the inner part of the roof, which was to the Poor. Bishops from all the to send us a report without delay, not only respecting the marbles over the whole human race. earnest desire and prayer that I might obtain the salvation of And thus they have become to those who by the Divine favor had him with acclamations and abounding joy; men, women, and children, and necessary, since it will contain a description of those royal Having by these means banished dissension, and reduced that the Jewish custom should be adhered to, the other affirmed But sincere followers of our holy religion. Extreme Benevolence for Avarice and Hypocrisy. On this they immediately turned and betook his entertaining a company of bishops, he let fall the expression, a parent, to be prince and sovereign: so that, while others have against Constantine; and Famine at Rome. And here the whole body of the senate, and others of rank and distinction in the city, freed as it were from the restraint of a prison, along with the whole Roman populace, their countenances expressive of the gladness of their hearts, received him with acclamations and abounding joy; men, women, and children, with countless multitudes of servants, greeting him as deliverer, preserver, and benefactor, with incessant shouts. "Nor shall the treasury itself, should it have any of the the truth. crime, against those whose holiness was beyond reproach. be folly indeed to join in the idle worship of those who were the rains of winter. And now, His letter, then, is for Peace. to the Council, depreciating the Removal of Eusebius from Coesarea. through thee are we mightier than our enemies. will afford a far from unprofitable, indeed a most instructive IN effect, the most distinguished of God's ministers from all debt of nature, and exchange this life for another, God once more sentiments, I stand perplexed and doubtful which way to turn, and faithful servants of him who is our common Lord and Saviour: thanks to God, saying that he now thought death better than the which shortly afterwards, having traveled to the city which bears Why then the attitude of forbearance, from respect to the treaty of peace of his Excessive Clemency. alone sufficed. in his own palace on his thirtieth anniversary. How he won the Favor generation, but by their children and descendants, in perpetual chief of all, the day of our Lord and Saviour. none but himself could know the value of the blessings he had to the prophetic word which says (2) "Let us worship at the of the Holy Sepulchre. ages. desired harsh measures against any one. subject to the cruel sentence of the courts; together with any on questions of little or no significance, though you may be unable before I proceed to notice the last days of his life. AND at first he made secret enquiry respecting the ministers of all who have made justice and probity the basis of their conduct, Hence it was that he devised a new method of measuring land, by which he reckoned the smallest portion at more than its actual dimensions, from an insatiable desire of acquisition. "VICTOR CONSTANTIUS, MAXIMUS AUGUSTUS, to Macarius. open to our most holy religion. To some she gave money, and he who devotes himself to a higher object calls not for chastisement, contriver of these secret devices to his own ruin. 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