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one without the other. Whether he was so wise as to separate them, may be partly discerned from what we have now seen.

II. There is still remaining a work of this emperor in twelve books, which we generally call his Meditations. They must have been put together at several times as he had leisure. However some have computed that they were composed before the year 175.

In the eleventh book of that work there is an observation which I shall now transcribe, and place here.

• What ^ a soul is that which is prepared, even now presently, if needful, to be separated • from the body, whether it be to be extinguished, or to be dispersed, or to subsist still. But • this readiness must proceed from a well weighed judgment, not from mere obstinacy, like the · Christians. And it should be done considerately, and with gravity, without tragical exclamations, and so as to persuade another.'

In the English translation, published at Glasgow in 1742, the same passage stands thus: • How happy is that soul which is prepared either to depart presently, or to be extinguished, or

dispersed, or to remain along with it! But let this preparation arise from its own judgment, • and not from mere obstinacy, like that of the Christians: that you may die considerately, with

a venerable composure, so as even to persuade others into a like disposition, and without noise . and ostentation.' p. 259, 260.

Upon this passage Dr. Jortin has a remark which is to this purpose: • The emperor « Marcus ' was prejudiced against the Christians ; and in his book, xi. 3, censures very unreasonably what • he ought to have approved--this readiness and resolution to die for their religion.'

Certainly that remark is very just, and I think very mild; for, if I were to allow myself to speak freely, I should say that this is the basest reflection upon the Christians that I remember to have met with among all their old enemies. To say it is unbecoming a gentleman, and an emperor, is to say nothing. It is insensibility and inhumanity: in a word, stoicism. It is the worse, as it comes from a magistrate ; who, if he had been pleased to send proper orders to the officers under him, and particularly to the governors of provinces, he might have delivered the Christians from that trial which is here supposed.

It may seem strange to some that such a man as Marcus Antoninus should pass any censure upon the Christians' fortitude.' One would rather think that, as a stoic, he should have admired and commended their resolution : but it may be accounted for.

1. The Christians refused to join in the common worship of the heathen deities: and they were likewise very free in their reflections' upon the philosophers.

2. They s out did the stoics themselves in patience under all kinds of sufferings. The women and children and common people among the Christians had in a short time shewn more examples of true fortitude, than the stoics had done since the origin of their sect.

3. Once more. This emperor was a bigot in religion and in philosophy: whereas bigotry in any one thing will have bad effects, and make the best tempers act contrary to the laws of equity upon some occasions.

It will not be thought that I speak with too much severity, if we examine the several particulars of this passage; which I now intend to do; and afterwards I shall mention some corollaries.

(1.) Marcus's" expressions denote great uncertainty concerning a future state of existence;

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f Vid. Justin. M. Ap. 2. p. 46. B. E. et 17. Paris. num. 3. I See Tillemont. Marc. Aurele, art. 28.

p. 90. Bened et Tatian contr. Gentes. p. 157, 102. al. num. • Οία εςιν η ψυχη, η έτοιμος, εαν ηδη απολυθηναι δεη του 19. p 200. et num. 25. p. 264. και σωματος, και ητοι σβεσθηναι, η σκεδασθήναι, η συμμειναι ; Το & Nosiri autem (ut de viris taceam,) pueri, et mulierculæ,

δε έτοιμον τ8το, ένα απο ιδικης κρισεως ερχεται, μη κατα ψιλην tortores suos taciti vincunt; et exprimere illis gemitus nec παραταξιν, ως οι Χριστιανοι αλλα λελογισμενως, και σεμνως, ignis potest. Eant Romani, et Mutio glorientur aut Regulo και ωςε και αλλον πεισαι, ατραγωδως. L. xi. sect. 3.

-Ecce sexus infirmus, et fragilis ittas dilacerari se toto d Discourses concerning the truth of the Christian Religion, corpore, urique perpetitur, non necessitate, quia licet vitare,

si vellent, sed voluntate, quia confidunt Deo. Hæc est vera © Nisi constaret, Stoïcorum doctrinani, cui M. Aurelius virtus, quam philosophi quoque gloriahundi, non re, sed veraddictus erat, plenam fuisse repugnantiis, quod singulari opere bis inanibus jactant; disserentes, nihil esse tam congruens viri ostendit Plutarchus, mirum esset mortis contemtorem iis sapientis gravitati, atque constantiæ, quam nullis terroribus de detrahere, qui eam despiciebant. Atque non licuit, Philosopho sententiæ proposito posse depelli. &c. Lactant. Instit. 1. 5. præsertim, in aliis damnare quæ in se et suis probaret. Cleric. H. E. ann. 165. n. iv.

Nesciebant enim, [Stoïci] an 'qui corpore migråssent,

P. 57.

cap. 13.

being doubtful whether the soul, when separated from the body, should be extinguished, or be dispersed, • or still subsist.' He speaks again to the like purpose elsewhere : • To- what

purpose all this ?

—You have made your voyage, and arrived at your port. Go ashore; if into • another life, the gods are there: if into a state of insensibility, you will be no longer distracted by pains and pleasures, nor be in subjection to this mean vessel.'

(2.) The Christians had a strong persuasion and good hopes of another life,-a life of happiness without end for all good and virtuous men. No men therefore could be ready to leave this world upon better grounds than they, when they could no longer live here with innocence.

(3.) Marcus ascribes the Christians’ willingness to die to obstinacy; and says that men ought to resign life only upon a well formed judgment, and considerately.'

Did not the Christians die in that manner? Should they have denied themselves to be Christians, when they were brought before Pliny, or other governors, and were examined by them? Should they then have told a lie, and so redeem their lives by falsehood, or by worshipping images contrary to their judgment, and the principles which they had embraced after serious inquiry and consideration? Were not all wise and honest men persuaded that a man ought to die rather than do what he thought evil and dishonourable. Celsus, who wrote against the Christians, says as much. Was there any way for a Christian's escaping, but by criminal hypocrisy and dissimulation, when statues of heathen deities were set before him to be worshipped by him; or when he was required to revile Jesus Christ? They had taken up their principles upon consideration; and it was reasonable to adhere to them at all times. (4.) Marcus says must be done considerately.'

The Christians took up their principles upon consideration. When they first embraced them they could not but see that, as the world then stood, the making a profession of them was very likely to expose them to many sufferings. And therefore, when they first resolved upon

Christianity, they must have resolved to adhere to it whatever it should cost them. By this means they were always ready to die, upon mature consideration, whenever the spite of their ignorant and prejudiced neighbours worked so far against them. And a constant readiness for a violent death, in a good cause, is the most glorious fortitude that can be imagined in a human creature.

(5.) He says it should be done .gravely, without tragical exclamations.'

Upon this Le Clerc well observes that it is not a little strange that a stoic, whose writings * animi extinguerentur, vel dispergerentur, vel permanerent.' inhonestum et impium judicabant. Si voluisset Socrates conquod cum ita haberet, nemini poterant probare virtutem tra animi sententiam loqui, et mentiri, ac sese ad pedes judiNumini gratam, vitium contra invisum esse; cum bonos et cum abjicere, vitæ suæ sine dubio consuluisset ; sed ejus abmalos nullo discrimine negligeret-Quod si numen talia non solutionem æterna infamia esset consecuta. Quod de cæteris curaret, quid opus erat homines vel ipsius vitæ jacturâ virtutem omnibus, qui virtutis causa mortui sunt, dictum puta. Cleric. colere, et vitio adversari ? Exclamationi ergo, aut inter- ib. num. iv. rogationi M. Aurelii, qualis est anima, quæ parata est, si jam e -- τοιαυτα τινα λεγει: Εαν μεντοι γε κελευοι τις, ει τυχοι, 'corpore migrare, aut extingui, aut dispergi, aut permanere θρησκευοντα Θεον η ασεβειν, η αλλο τι αισχρον ειπείν, εδαμη 'oporteat ?' respondebimus : Misera et infelix, quæ nescit, αδαμως πιςευτεον, αλλα προ τετων πασαις βασανoις εγκαρτεquid a summo Numine exspectare virtus possit, aut vitium ρητεον, και παντας θανατες υπομενητεον, πριν το ανοσιον περι timere. Quod ferme perinde est, ac ignorare, an sit Deus, Θεέ, μη ότι γε εισειν, αλλα μελετησαι.

Celsus ap. Orig. &c. Cleric ubi supr. num. v.

Contra Cels. I. 8. p. 421. al. num. 66. a De Rebus suis, 1. 3. sect. 3.

• Nos quidem neque expavescimus, neque pertimescimus + Verum inquiet, Philosophus mortem spernit proprio ju- ea quæ ab ignorantibus patimur ; cum ad hanc sectam utique • dicio, considerate.' -Audio. Sed annon Christianus qui- susceptâ conditione ejus pacti venerimus, ut etiam animas nosvis mortem ferebat 'ex proprio judicio,' qui cinctus Ethnicis tras auctorati in has pugnas accedamus, ea, quæ Deus repro. furentibus, aut ridentibus, et a morte revocantibus, si modo mittit, consequi optantes, et ea, quæ diversæ vitæ comminatur, Diis sacra faceret, moriebatur tamen, quod mentiri nollet, nec pati'timentes, Tertull. ad. Scap. cap. i. ore, nec factis ; quia nefas putabat, veritatem ejurare. Annon e Verum et hoc mirum est, hoininem Stoïcum, et cujus considerate satis, qui deprehensâ Echnicæ religionis falsitate, liber plenus est exaggerationibus vere tragicis, hoc est, tumidis et veritate ejus, quam Christus et apostoli docuerant, sese du- et fictis, exprobrare Christianis, quod atpaywows non more, dum parârat ad mortem, siquando vitari non posset, sine ab- rentur. Atqui nihil illi exaggerabant, cum vitam Deo repenegatione veritatis ? - -Fac Epicureos fuisse rerum potitos, et tenti, potius quam ab eo deficerent, libenter reddendam profurore quodam actos ad tribunalia sua traxisse Stoïcos, omni- fitebantur—Si qui, quod interdum factum negare nolim, bus suppliciis propositis et morte ipsâ intentatâ, nisi Zenoni, crudelitate suppliciorum, propinquitate mortis, speque proxCleanthi, Chrysippo, cæterisque sectæ conditoribus male- ime beatitatis, extra se rapti, quædam proferebant, quæ supra dixissent, negâssentque se iis adsentiri, et facerent quæcumque vulgi Ethnici captum erant, an tribuenda hæc sunt wapatažei, principes sectæ vetuerant, cum scirent se mentiri, et improbe obstinationi, vel perturbationi? Imo eo aut vitio, aut adfectu, facere; an se Stoicæ familiæ defensoribus, et mortem fortiter vel maxime laborabant, qui innocentes excarnificatos occiobeuntibus, exprobrâsset M. Aurelius Tapatabi? Immo debant, quod facere nollent, quæ illicita, et a Deo improbari, vero summopere eos laudâsset, ut laudati sunt apud Ethnicos pro certo statuebant. Cleric. ib. ann. 165. n. iv. omnes, qui maluerunt moti, quam quidquam facere, quod


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* are full of affectation, and are all over tragical, should blame the Christians for not dying * without tragical noise and exclamation. If they then called upon God and Christ; if they then exhorted their brethren to constancy and perseverance; if they expressed a contempt of this world, and its fading enjoyments; if they speak in sublime strains of the felicities of the world to come ; in a word, if they triumphed in death, as some of them did, there is nothing in it absurd or unreasonable ; nothing but what is truly admirable: the heathen people around them wanted nothing to make them sensible of it, but a better knowledge of the Christian principles, such as a persuasion of the boundless power and goodness of the one God, creator of all, and a well-grounded expectation of eternal life.

(6.) And lastly, Marcus says, “it should be done so as to persuade another.'

This alone, if there were nothing else, would be sufficient to satisfy us that Marcus was influenced by prejudice in his judgment concerning the Christians. It has been often said, and very truly, that. the blood of the martyrs was the seed of the church. And some early believers have themselves assured us, that they were led to inquire into the principles of the Christians when they observed their manner of dying; and that this was the first means of their own conversion. The like is often testified by Christian writers, who lived when the followers of Jesus were in suffering circumstances, and martyrdoms were frequent. But if there were nothing of this kind in the remains of ancient Christian authors, since there continued to be Christians in the world, and they suffered in every age, and were not extinguished, but remained and increased, as heathen writers themselves acknowledge; we may depend upon it that many did die so as to persuade others; their brethren were animated to patience and courage by their example; and unbelievers were awakened, and excited to serious examination, till they were convinced and converted.

As I have gone along, I have trànscribed in the margin several remarks upon this passage of Marcus Antoninus from Le Clerc's Ecclesiastical History. I would also refer to Mr. Mosheim, in whom likewise divers just observations may be seen upon the same.

But perhaps it will be said that the Christians gave cause for these censures by their too great forwardness, and by offering themselves to death.

• To which I would answer. First, Instances of this kind were not very common, and they were disliked and condemned by the wiser sort. Some such instances there were during the persecution in Asia when Polycarp suffered. They are particularly mentioned, and censured in the epistle of the church of Smyrna, which gives an account of the martyrs in that city. And' St. Cyprian, in his last letter to his people at Carthage, in the persecution of Valerian, in the year 258, exhorts them to a quiet and peaceable behaviour, but not to offer themselves to the magistrates; forasmuch as the Lord had not required it of us; but to confess his name when called upon so to do. And he reminds them that this had always been his doctrine. Secondly, There could be no instances of this kind but in times of persecution, and when there were magistrates who were disposed to inflict death upon men as Christians. Thirdly, The most remarkable instances of this kind happened when the persecution was violent. So it was in the case before taken notice of by us. When Arrius Antoninus, proconsul of Asia, furiously persecuted the Christians in that country, a great number of them, in some city where he was, came before his tribunal, telling him he might do with them as he pleased, for they were not

. Nec quidquam tamen proficit exquisitior quæque crudelitas Nec tamen deficiet hæc secta, quam tunc magis ædificari vestra. Illecebra magis est sectæ. Plures etficimur, quoties scias, cum cædi videtur. Quisquis enim tantam tolerantiam metimur a vobis. Semen est sanguis Christianorum. Tertull. spectans, ut aliquo scrupulo percussus, et inquirere accenditur, Ap. cap. 50.

quid sit in causa ; et ubi cognoverit veritatein, et ipse statim b Kas yap autos EYW, tous Maatwvos malpur Slaayucos, sequitur. Ad Scap. cap. ult. Vid. et l'act. 1. 5. c. 13. et διαβαλλόμενες ακέων Χριςιανες, όρων δε αφοβες προς θανατον, alibi. και παντα τα αλλα νομιζομενα φοβερα, ενενουν αδυνατον ειναι d De Reb. Christianorum, sec. ii. p. 245, 246. εν κακια και φιληδονια υπαρχειν αυτες. Justin. Μ.

e Vid. Euseb. H. E. I. 4. cap. 15 p. 129, 130. p. 50. a. al. p. 96 num. 12.

i Vos autem, fratres carissimi, pro disciplinâ, quam de man. c Multi apud vos ad tolerantiam doloris et mortis hortantur, datis dominicis a mc semper accepistis,- -quietem et tranut Cicero in Tusculanis, ut Seneca in Fortuitis- -Nec tamen quillitatem tenete: ne quisquam iestrum aliquem tumultum tantos inveniunt verba discipulos, quantos Christiani factis do- de fratribus moveat, aut ultro se Gentilibus offerat. Apprecendo. Illa ipsa obstinatio, quam exprobratis, magistra est. hensus enim et traditus loqui debet : siquidem in nobis DoQuis enim non contemplatione ejus concutitur ad requiren- minus positus illa hora loquatur, qui nos confiteri magis voluit dum, quid intus in re sit? Quis non, ubi requisivit, accedit ? quam profiteri. Ep. 81. al. 83. p. 239. Oxon. Ubi accessit, pati exoptat ? Tertull. ap. cap. 50.

8 See p. 32.

ap. 2.

says he, if

afraid to die. In like manner Scapula, proconsul of Africa, persecuted the Christians with great severity. Some he ordered to be burnt alive; though that was a punishment seldom inflicted even upon traitors, or the worst of criminals. Upon that occasion Tertullian puts him in mind of the forementioned conduct of the Christians in Asia : and, the more to alarm him, tells him the like might happen again, and at Carthage itself. And what would you do,


should see the Christians of that place present themselves in a body before your tribunal ? What would you do with so many thousands of each sex, of every age, of every condition, and some of the most honourable persons of the city, some of them your friends, or friends and relations of your friends and counsellors !

After all, it must be acknowledged that the Christians' readiness to die, and their intrepidity in death, were sometimes perverted to their disadvantage. Nor do I think that the primitive Christians were exempted from human frailty. Nevertheless I apprehend that the exceptions and reflections of this kind were chiefly owing to the prejudices and ignorance of misguided and sensual men, who minded little or nothing but the affairs of this present life; who did not consider the importance of religious truth, nor the great virtue and value of integrity, and a steady regard to the convictions of our own minds. Sod says Lactantius. Tertullian has spoken to this point excellently at the conclusion of his Apology. He mentions • Mutius, Regulus, and others, whose resolution had been admired and applauded by the • Greeks and Romans. And indeed,' says he, with you it is reputable to die for our country, • for the commonwealth, for a friend; but to die for God and truth is reckoned reproachful and dishonourable.'

Certainly the first Christians, who were men as we are, and had the same sensations with us, were not weary of life ; nor did they desire death : but' as men engaged in a warfare, hazard their lives for the sake of victory, and the advantages of it; so the Christians of those times, desirous to approve themselves to God, and hoping for the reward of eternal life, were ready, if required, to lay down their lives rather than deny Christ and the truths which they had received from him.

The corollaries to be drawn from this passage are several ; but they will be all easily admitted after what has been already said.

1. At that time the Christians were well known in the world. 2. The emperor Marcus was well acquainted with them, and had often heard of their sufferings. He knew that many Christians had died in testimony to their principles, and as Christians; and that the sufferings which they had undergone were in common estimation very grievous. 3. He knew, and here acknowledgeth, their resolution and steadiness in the profession of their principles for which they suffered death. This he calls obstinacy. 4. He had heard of their cheerfulness in death and in all the sufferings which they had met with. This he endeavours to disparage by comparing it to the declamations of tragedies. 5. He was also persuaded of their innocence, or freedom from promiscuous lewdness and other gross crimes in their assemblies, with which they were charged by some. If he had known and believed that they practised such things he would have expressed himself very differently. 6. He despised and scorned the Christians as a mean, illiterate, and unphilosophical set of men. 7. He was not at all inclined to interpose in their behalf, either for preventing or for mitigating their sufferings. And hereafter we shall see that, when application was made to him by a governor for direction how to treat some men, who had been accused before him as Christians, and were in his custody, this emperor sent orders that

A Pro tantâ innocentiâ, pro tantâ probitate, pro justitiâ, pro

d Sed illi malitiâ et furore cæcantur, ne videant; stultosque pudicitiâ, pro fide, pro veritate, pro Deo, vivi cremamur; arbitrantur esse, qui cum habeant in suâ potestate supplicia quod nec sacrilegi, nec hostes publici, verum nec tot majestatis vitare, cruciari tamen, et emori malunt. Lact. 1. 5. cap. 13. rei pati solent. Ad Scap. cap. 4. p. 88. A.

e O gloriam licitam, quia humanam, cui nec presumptio * Vide tantum, ne hoc ipso, quod talia sustinemus, ad hoc perdita, nec persuasio desperata reputatur, in contemptu solum videamur erumpere, ut hoc ipsum probemus, nos hæc mortis et atrocitatis omnimodæ; cui tantum pro patriâ, pro non timere, sed ultro vocare. Arrius Antoninus in Asiâ cum imperio, pro amicitiâ pati permissum est, quantum pro Deo persequeretur instanter, omnes illius civitatis Christiani ante non licet. Et tamen illis omnibus et statuas defunditis, et tribunalia ejus se, manu factà, obtulerunt-Hoc si placuerit imagines inscribitis- -quantum de inonimentis potestis sciet hic fieri, quid facies de tantis millibus hominum, tot viris licet, præstatis et ipsi quodammodo mortuis resurrectionem : ac feminis, omnis sexûs. omnis ætatis, omnis dignitatis, offer- hanc qui veram a Deo sperat, si pro Deo patiatur, insanus est. entibus se tibi ? Quantis ignibus, quantis gladiis opus erit? Ap. cap. 50: P: 45. Quid ipsa Carthago passura est decimanda a te, cum propin- * Ergo, inquitis, cur querimini, quod vos insequamur, si quos, cum contubernales suos illic unusquisque cognoverit, pati vultis;, cum diligere debeatis, per quos patimini quod cum viderit illic fortasse et tui ordinis viros et matronas, et vultis? Plane volumus pati, verum eo more, quo et bellum principales quasque personas, et amicorum tuorum vel pro- nemo quidem libens patitur, cum et trepidare, et periclitari sit pinquos vel amicos.' Parce ergo tibi, si non nobis: parce necesse ; tamen et præliatur omnibus viribus, et vincens in Carthagini, si non tibi. Ad Scap. cap. 5.

proelio gaudet, qui de prælio querebatur, quia et gloriam con... Licet nunc sarmentitios ac semaxios appelletis, quia ad sequitur et prædam. Praelium est nobis, quod provocemur ad stipitem dimidii axis revincti sarmentorum ambitu exurimur. tribunalia, ut illis sub discrimine capitis pro veritate certemus.

Propterea enim desperati, et perditi existimamur. Tertull. Victoria est autem, pro quo certaveris, obtinere. Ea victoria Ap. cap. 50. Vid. et Minuc. Fel. cap. 8. Lactant. I. 5. cap.9. habet et gloriam placendi Deo, et prædam vivendi in æternum. et Epit. cap. 54.

Tertullian. Apol. c. 50, p. 44, B. C.

they should be put to death, unless they renounced the Christian doctrine. Once more, 8. I must beg leave to observe that we can hence infer, that the Christian scriptures were as yet held in contempt by the wise and great men of this world. The books of the New Testament were all published and joined together in two codes or volumes, one called Gospels, the other Epistles, before Marcus Antoninus was born: and they were in the hands of great numbers of his subjects, and were highly prized, and diligently read and studied by them. But he had never read them, nor perhaps ever seen them. They might, possibly, be well known to some of the philosophers, his masters: but they knew how to be silent and to keep their disciple in ignorance about what they did not desire he should know. Hence this great man, in the midst of light, was in darkness: he had no just apprehensions concerning a life to come.

The Christian religion, considering the difficulties it had met with, and that it contained no worldly allurements, had made great progress. But it was not yet the prevailing religion. The state of things in the world had still a resemblance with what it was in the time of St. Paul: 1 Cor. i. 22 and 26. “ The Jews,” says he, "require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom.” And, “ Ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, ► not many noble, are called.” And Jesus himself, reflecting upon the success of his ministry after having preached the heavenly doctrine with unparalleled faithfulness and zeal, and observing that they were chiefly of the meaner rank with whom it had met with a ready acceptance, expressed his acquiescence in the event, and said : “ I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and to earth.” I give glory to thee, cheerfully acquiescing in this dispensation of thy providence,' “ that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. “ Even so Father, for so it seemed good in thy sight.” Matt. xi. 25; Luke x. 21.




I. A general account of the persecutions in the reign of this emperor. II. Large extracts out of

the Martyrdom of Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna, who, with twelve others, suffered in that city in the year 167 or 168.

167 or 168. III. The history of the martyrs at Lyons, who suffered in the year 177. IV. Remarks and observations upon the foregoing history. 1. I

THINK it must be fit for me to take some particular notice of the treatment which the Christians met with in the reign of this emperor, who by the ancients is always reckoned among the persecuting emperors. Eusebius placeth the fourth persecution under him; as does also • Orosius, who follows him. Sulpicius,' thinking that the Christians were persecuted by Adrian, reckons Marcus's the fifth persecution.

And learned moderns seem now to be fully convinced that Marcus was. unfriendly to the Christians. Says Dr. Jortin : · As to the emperor Marcus, with all his amiable and princely qualities, he did not love the Christians, as appears from unquestionable authority, even his a Euseb. Chr. p. 169.

quisquam sine crimine reus constitueretur.' Post Adrianum, Sed in diebus Parthici belli persecutiones Christianorum, Antonino Pio imperante, pax ecclesiis fuit. Sub Aurelio quarta jam post Neronem vice, in Asiâ et Galliâ graves præ- deinde, Antonini filio, persecutio quinta agitata. Ac tum cepto ejus exstiterunt, muliique sanctorum martyrio coronati primum intra Gallias martyria visa, serius trans Alpes Dei reOros. 1. 7, c. XV.

Jigione susceptâ. Sul Sev. Sacr. Hist. 1. 2, cap. 46. ¢ Quarta sub Adriano persecutio numeratur, quam tamen Remarks upen Ecclesiastical History, Vol. ii. p. 169. post exerceri prohibuit, injustum esse pronuntians, ut See also his Discourses, p. 57.


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