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MATTHEW OF WESTMINSTER The flowers of history, especially such as relate to the affairs of Britain. Vol. I. B.C. 4004 to A.D. 1066.

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MATTHEW OF WESTMINSTER
The flowers of history, especially such as relate to the affairs of Britain. Vol. I. B.C. 4004 to A.D. 1066.
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Roman empire all the kingdoms which he attacked. But he attained the supreme power by himself ; the republic was divided between him and bis father-in-law Antony. At last,, when Antony had slain himself with his own hand for the sake of Cleopatra his queen, who preferred espousing the party of Augustus to his own, he by himself governed all the countries of the world. For the princes of the very extremi ties of the earth, invited by the fame of his wisdom and kind ness, thought it desirable to live under him, and to take their share in the government as his subordinates. For Augustus did more among all men by the influence of his name, than any other commander could have effected by the might of his arms. For Herod, the king of the Jewish nation, who had received his crown from Antony, whom I have already men tioned, betook himself to Augustus of his own accord ; and although he had come to him trembling, because he had been an adherent of Antony, he is said to have received the fol lowing reply :— " You are worthy to reign over many men, and you are full of good dispositions, inasmuch as you do not desert a friend who is placed in adverse circumstances. But it seems to us an unworthy thing not to surpass in kindness a man whom we have already subdued with our arms." And when Augustus had said this, he placed a crown on his head, giving him Godacus and Hippo, and Samona, and Ipenus, and the tower of Strato, and the cities on the coast. When therefore all the kingdoms all over the world were now at peace, and when the whole tumult of war was put an end to, he returned to Rome, and governed the republic in tranquillity, according to the Roman laws, giving to every one his rights. CH . XXXI.—The pedigree of our Saviour—Ezra—Nehemiah. THE line of our Saviour, who was born in this fifth age of the world, is traced from Salathiel, whom Jechoniah the younger begot after the migration to Babylon. For the elder Jechoniah, S of whom we have already spoken, by the advice of Jeremiah re himself up into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar, king of ibylon; and with him about ten thousand of the Jews migrated, among whom were Ezekiel and Daniel, and the three children. But Salathiel begot Zerubbabel, Zerubbabel


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