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Of The Manner In Which The Persecutors Died - Lactantius

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Chap. I. The Lord has heard those supplications which you, my best beloved Donatusà

Chap. II. In the latter days of the Emperor Tiberius, in the consulship of Ruberius Geminus andà

Chap. III. After an interval of some years from the death of Neroà

Chap. IV. This long peace, however, was afterwards interrupted.à

Chap. V. And presently Valerian also, in a mood alike franticà

Chap. VI. Aurelian might have recollected the fate of the captived emperorà

Chap. VII. While Diocletian, that author of ill, and deviser of miseryà

Chap. VIII. What was the character of his brother in empireà

Chap. IX. But the other Maximian Galerius, chosen by Diocletian for his son-in-lawà

Chap. X. Diocletian, as being of a timorous disposition, was a searcher into futurityà

Chap. XI. The mother of Galerius, a woman exceedingly superstitious, was a votary of the gods ofà

Chap. XII. A fit and auspicious day was sought out for the accomplishment of this undertakingà

Chap. XIII. Next day an edict was published, depriving the Christians of all honours and dignitiesà

Chap. XIV. But Galerius, not satisfied with the tenor of the edictà

Chap. XV. And now Diocletian raged, not only against his own domesticsà

Chap. XVI. Thus was all the earth afflicted; and from east to westà

Chap. XVII. The wicked plan having been carried into execution, Diocletianà

Chap. XVIII. Within a few days Galerius Cæsar arrived, not to congratulate his father-in-law on the re-establishmentà

Chap. XIX. Matters having been thus concerted, Diocletian and Galerius went in procession to publish the nominationà

Chap. XX. Galerius having effected the expulsion of the two old menà

Chap. XXI. Having thus attained to the highest power, he bent his mind to afflict that empireà

Chap. XXII. And now that cruelty, which he had learned in torturing the Christiansà

Chap. XXIII. But that which gave rise to public and universal calamityà

Chap. XXIV. Already the judgment of God approached him, and that season ensued in which his fortunesà

Chap. XXV. Some few days after, the portrait of Constantine, adorned with laurelsà

Chap. XXVI. Things seemed to be arranged in some measure to the satisfaction of Galeriusà

Chap. XXVII. But Maximian, who knew the outrageous temper of Galeriusà

Chap. XXVIII. After the flight of Galerius, Maximian, having returned from Gaulà

Chap. XXIX. Then Maximian returned into Gaul; and after having made some stay in those quartersà

Chap. XXX. Maximian, having thus forfeited the respect due to an emperor and a father-in-lawà

Chap. XXXI. From Maximian, God, the avenger of religion and of His peopleà

Chap. XXXII. Maximin Daia was incensed at the nomination of Licinius to the dignity of emperorà

Chap. XXXIII. And now, when Galerius was in the eighteenth year of his reignà

Chap. XXXIV. |Amongst our other regulations for the permanent advantage of the commonwealà

Chap. XXXV. This edict was promulgated at Nicomedia on the day preceding the kalends of Mayà

Chap. XXXVI. Daia, on receiving this news, hasted with relays of horses from the Eastà

Chap. XXXVII. While occupied in this plan, he received letters from Constantine which deterred him from proceedingà

Chap. XXXVIII. But that which distinguished his character, and in which he transcended all former emperorsà

Chap. XXXIX. Now Daia, in gratifying his libidinous desires, made his own will the standard of rightà

Chap. XL. There was a certain matron of high rank who already had grandchildren by more thanà

Chap. XLI. But the empress, an exile in some desert region of Syriaà

Chap. XLII. At this time, by command of Constantine, the statues of Maximian Herculius were thrown downà

Chap. XLIII. Of the adversaries of God there still remained oneà

Chap. XLIV. And now a civil war broke out between Constantine and Maxentius.à

Chap. XLV. Constantine having settled all things at Rome, went to Milan about the beginning of winter.à

Chap. XLVI. The armies thus approaching each other, seemed on the eve of a battle.à

Chap. XLVII. So the two armies drew nigh; the trumpets gave the signalà

Chap. XLVIII. Not many days after the victory, Licinius, having received part of the soldiers of Daiaà

Chap. XLIX. While Licinius pursued with his army, the fugitive tyrant retreatedà

Chap. L. Thus did God subdue all those who persecuted His nameà

Chap. LI. Valeria, too, who for fifteen months had wandered under a mean garb from province toà

Chap. LII. I relate all those things on the authority of well-informed personsà

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