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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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LD. 21. THE TEMPERINO OF GLASS DISCOVERED. 129 CH. IL— FROM A.D. 15 το A.D. 38. Reign of Tiberius—Lwy—Ovid—A great earthquake in\ Asia Minor—Invention of Glass—Death of Cymbeline—History of Pilate—The preaching of John—Principal events in our Saviour's life—Judas Iscariot—Letter of Cassar to the Senate about Christ—The Apostles—St. Stephen—St. Paul—Portrait of our Saviour—Death of Pilate. i.D. 16. Tiberius Claudius, the son of Julia, and stepson of Augustus Cassar, was raised to the empire ; and he reigned twenty-two years. At first, he governed the republic with great moderation, so much so, that when some people advised him to increase the tribute imposed on the provinces, he answered that it was the part of a good shepherd to shear the sheep, and not to flay them. A.D. 17. Livy the Ortensian, the historian, finished hie history. And it was in this year, according to some authors, that Augustus Cassar died. For those who adopt this opinion reckon the half year and the few days that are over as an entire year. AD. 18. The second year of the reign of Tiberius Cassar. The admirable poet Ovid died in exile. For he had been hanished by Augustus Cassar, and sent to an island in Pontus, on account of Cassar's wife, with whom he was sus pected of too great an intimacy. It was also said that he had composed some books in verse about her ; and on that account he was banished by the emperor her husband. A.D. 19. Valerius, the historian, wrote an account of the ttyiags and actions of the Romans. In the same year, Germanicus, the son of Drusus and father of Caligula, triumphed over the Germans, against whom he had been sent by Augustus Caesar. A.D. 20. Thirteen cities were overthrown by an earthquake, namely, Ephesus, Magnesia, Sardis, Mone8tene,Hiero,Cassarea, Philadelphia, Thimolus, Themus, Cyme, Smyrna, Apollonia, •Bd Hyrcania. 21. Fenestella, a writer of histories and poetry, died in Je seventieth year of his age, and was buried at* Cumas, in fce tenth indiction. i In the same year, a certain artist discovered how to temper P*s, making it flexible and ductile. And when he had been •ought before Tiberius Cassar, he offered him a small bottle ; TOL. I. Κ


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