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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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A.D. 12. The boy Jesus remained in Jerusalem behind hii parents, and after three days he was found by his parents, sitting in the middle of the doctors, both hearing and asking them questions ; and all were astonished at his wisdom and answers. A.D . 13. Augustus, with his son Tiberius, had a census of Rome taken, and the population was found to amount to nine million three hundred and seventy thousand. A.D. 14. The fifty-fifth year of the reign of Augustus Csesar. King Archelaus, who had been often accused, was summoned before Csesar. And five days before he was to appear before him, he dreamt that nine full and excellent ears of corn were devoured by oxen. And while he was consulting the prophets whom he had summoned respectingthie dream, Simon the Essene interpreted the ears of corn as meaning years, and the oxen the change of affairs, because oxen turn over and changes the land by ploughing it. And he said, therefore, that the dream portended that he should reign nine years, and die after he had experienced several changes of circumstances. Accordingly, coming to Rome in the ninth year of his reign, he was condemned by Cassar, and sent into banishment to the city of Vienne, in Gaul ; just at the time that an edipee of the sun took place. A.D . 15. Augustus Cassar was stricken by illness at Nola, and died, after he had reigned fifty-seven3 years, six months, and ten days. For as the Lord was born in the forty-second year of his reign, and was thirty years old in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Cassar, it follows that Augustus Cassar died when the Lord was, in his fifteenth year. And he died in the seventy-seventh year of bis reign, at Acella, a city of Campania ; and he was buried in the Campus Martina, boasting above all things that he had left that a marble city which he had found a brick one. * Our Chronicler here is inconsistent with himself. If the fourteenth year of the Incarnation of our Lord was the fifty-fifth year of Augustus' reign, it is quite plain that in the next year he would hot have reigned fifty-seven years and a half. He is also not quite right about our Lord's age. Augustus really died 14th Gal. September, 19th August, A.D . 14, when our Saviour was in the eighteenth year of his age. Consequently, the thirtieth year of his age coincides with the twelfth of the reign of Tiberius. And the crucifixion took place A.D. 33, in the thirty-seventh year of his age.


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