Elements of General History: Ancient and Modern, Volume 2

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A. Constable, 1823 - World history
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Page 408 - He enacted a law, condemning to the flames cousins german who married without a special license from the emperor. He established inquisitors for the discovery of heretics. He drove the Manicheans* from Rome as infamous persons, and, on their death, ordered their goods to be distributed among the people. Yet with all this religious zeal, he, on one occasion, gave orders for a universal massacre at Thessalonica, because some persons of distinction had been killed in a sedition at the time of the races....
Page 19 - ... them, and prepared to invade their country with an overwhelming force. The terrified Carthaginians attempted to ward off the fatal blow by making the most humble submissions, and even offered to acknowledge themselves the subjects of Rome. The Roman senate, after some deliberation, promised to grant them their liberty, on condition that they should perform whatever was required of them by the consuls, and give up three hundred hostages. On this, the Carthaginians, apprehending nothing, sent their...
Page 167 - Strike in such a manner that he may feel himself die." " Would to heaven that the Roman people had but one head, that it might be struck off at one blow." Having burst out into a fit of laughter before the consuls, "I was thinking," said he, " that with a wink of my eye I could cause you both to be murdered.
Page 231 - ... poisonings. In vain did a sanguinary law condemn to death all the slaves of a master who had been assassinated; vengeance and despair multiplied crime and violence. Those who had already satisfied their revenge, those who had failed in. their attempt to do so, but over whose head suspicion, hung, fled to the forests and lived by rapine and plunder. In Gaul and Spain they were called...
Page 21 - ... to Carthage. After a war of three years, famine reduced these wretched people to the necessity of again offering their submission, and they declared themselves ready to comply with any terms, except only the destruction of their city ; but the cruel determination of the senate was inflexible, and Scipio, not having it in his power to prefer humanity to revenge, was obliged to reject their offers. He gained possession of one of the gates by a stratagem, and thus the Romans made their way into...
Page 20 - Every method, which despair could suggest, was put in requisition to provide for their defence, and replace the arms which they had so shamefully surrendered. They demolished their houses to supply the docks with timber. Palaces and .temples were converted into workshops. Gold and silver vases and statues supplied the want of brass and iron. The women sacrificed their ornaments, and even cut off their hair to make cordage.
Page 205 - Rome was now governed by a stupid brutal tyrant, who was always immersed either in wine or blood ; whose gluttony swallowed millions ; whose palace was daily filled with bacchanalian riots ; and whose soldiers, following the example of their master, indulged in every species of debauchery, and spread terror and confusion all round them.
Page 336 - CuustMitiiB. w*th trembling expectation, waited the event of the engagement in a neighbouring church, where he was attended by the Arian bishop of Mursa. That crafty impostor had taken proper precautions to be informed of the success ; and all at once proclaimed the victory, pretending that the news had been brought to him by an angel. The emperor, giving entire credit to the miracle, honoured him as a saint, and attributed to him all the success of his arms. It is easy to judge what gross errors...
Page 11 - Oppian law, which did not permit the Roman ladies to wear more than half an ounce of gold in their dress, and prohibited the use of chariots and clothes of different colours.
Page 489 - ... vanquished regret that they were not sooner subjected to our dominion." He had the administration of justice so much at heart, that he caused some judges to be beheaded for having protracted a suit three years. Almost all the barbarous nations decided their differences by single combat, but this custom was proscribed by Theodoric as execrable. It was his aim to unite in the character of the Goths the Roman humanity, with their national bravery. It was his common saying, " that the life of a man...

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