Of the Manner in Which the Persecutors Died
Of the Manner in Which the Persecutors Died
Lactantius

translated by the rev. william fletcher, d.d.
Table of Contents


Title Page

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

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

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

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

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

Chap. VI. Aurelian might have recollected the fate of the captived emperor…

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

Chap. VIII. What was the character of his brother in empire…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chap. XX. Galerius having effected the expulsion of the two old men…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chap. XXXIV. "Amongst our other regulations for the permanent advantage of the commonweal…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chap. XLIII. Of the adversaries of God there still remained one…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Elucidation

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