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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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1G4 MATTHEW OF WIBTMI5STEB. A.D. 178. riage with Mi brother, died of the disease which the Greeks call apoplexy. And after his death, Marcus Antoninus for some time governed the republic by himself. A.D. 170. Marcus Antoninus took Lucius Commodus, his son, as his partner in the kingdom. And he also moderated the old severe laws by new constitutions. A.D. 171. Marcus, with his son, ordered all the records of the fiscal transactions, which were fall of false accusations, to be collected and burnt A.D. 172. Melletius Asianus, bishop of Sardicas, delivered to the emperor Marcus Antoninus an apology for the Christians. A.D. 173. The heretics called the Montanists arose; who got their name from the circumstance of their lying hid in the mountains during the time of the persecution, on which occasion they separated themselves from the body of the Catholic Church. A.D. 174. Marcus Antoninus, the emperor, with his son Lucius, happily terminated the war with the Marcomanni. But after the barbarian nations, namely, the Vandals and Sarmatians, had surrounded nearly the whole of the German and Roman army, certain Christian soldiers who were with the emperor, invoking the name of Christ with great constancy, threw the enemies into consternation, and put them to flight. And the emperor wrote a letter to the senate to convey them the information, and delightedly attributed As victory to Christ. A.D. 175. Sother was elected pope, as successor to Anicetus. He occupied the Roman chair nme years, three months, and twelve days. And the see was vacant twenty-two days. He established a rule that no monk should touch the sacred vessels, or the sacred robe ; or should put incense on the incenseburner. A.D. 176. Tatianus the heresiarch attempted to cloud the Church of Christ with his own doctrines ; and from him arose the Bncratitee, who were so called because they avoided eating flesh. Severianus carried this error further still. From him are derived the Severians. A.D. 177. Theophilus, the sixth president of the Church of Antioch, flourished. And also Pimtus of Crete, bishop of the city of Gnossus. A.D. 178. Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, the emperor, being stationed in Pannonia, was attacked by sudden illness and died. And after his death Lucius Antoninus Commodus, his son,


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