Gaudentius; a Story of the Colosseum

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 110 pages
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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. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XIII. THE HOUSE OF PUDENS. MUST now take my readers forward over a considerable interval of time, leaving the events which had occurred to the principal actors of our story to be inferred from the few remaining situations in which they will come before us. Three years had elapsed since the day when Rome heard to her sorrow that her favourite Titus lay dead in his little country home at Reate. They had some reason to mourn then, but they had greater reason to mourn now, for long before this, as the character of Domitian began to display itself, quiet citizens had begun to recall to mind the days of Nero. But at present we must not stop to speak at any length on this point. The point at which we must resume the broken thread of our story must be the end of the year 83 A.D. In the evening of a winter's day, a little band of persons was gathered in the house next to that of Gaudentius, to which we have once before alluded, and which had belonged to the senator Pudens and his daughters, Praxedes and Pudentiana, the protectors of the motherless Marcella. It was in this house that the Christians inhabiting this part of Rome were wont to assemble themselves together. It was, indfeed, to such protection as this that they were forced often to look for their means of worship. In a few of the rich houses in Rome where the owner had been won to Christianity the private basilica or hall, built on the model of the larger basilicas or public halls of justice, afforded not only a convenient opportunity of united worship, but also gave a security from intrusion which could not have been elsewhere found. It was not unknown to the authorities that these gatherings took place, nor did the few who thus sheltered the proscribed faith within their walls imagine that their acti...

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