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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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ID. 169. XABTHQUAJCB8 AITD ΠΤυΐΦΛΤΙΟΙΓβ OF BTVEBS. 163 A.D. 157. Justus, bishop of the people of Vienne, and Photinus, bishop of Lyons, flourished in the Church of Christ. A.D. 158. Antoninus, surnamed Pius, was attacked by disease, and died at the twelfth milestone from the city. •.I). 159. Marcus Antoninus Verus obtained the Roman empire, and reigned nineteen years and eleven months. He took to himself as partner in the empire, AureHus Commodus, hie relation. Up to this period, there was only one Augustus at the same time. i..D. 160. Marcus Antoninus and Aurelius Commodus carried on war against the Parthians, with admirable virtue and eucceee. And at the same time, the fourth persecution against the Christians since the time of Nero, was kindled throughout Asia and the Gauls. A.D. 161. Pioniue and Polycarp, disciples of the blessed Saint John, and bishops of Smyrna, suffered a glorious martyrdom. A.D. 162. A great many persons in the Gauls gloriously shed their blood for the sake of Christ ; and among them, Justus, bishop of Vienne, having been wasted away a long time in banishment, was made a glorious martyr. A.D. 163. The heresy of Cataphrygians arose, which derived its name from the province of Phrygia, where its authors lived. A.D. 164. Anicefhs was appointed to the Roman chair, where he sat for eleven years. He established a rule that the clergy should not wear long hair. A.D. 165. PhotinuB, bishop of Lyons, an admirable old man, suffered martyrdom, with forty-eight more, of the cities of Vienne and Lyons. A.D. 166. Severinus, Exuperius, and Felicianus, received the crown of martyrdom. A.D. 167. A terrible plague spread over Italy, to avenge the martyrs ; so that villages and farms in every direction remained without cultivators or inhabitants, and even Gaul did not escape unhurt by this pestilence. A.D. 168. There were numbers of earthquakes, accompanied by the destruction of cities and inundations of rivers, throughout several provinces. Swarms of locusts also infested the fields in every direction. A.D. 169. Aurelius Commodus, while he was sitting in a carsi 2


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