Heisman’s suicide note, 2

How Rome was raped by Jesus’s penis of the spirit, contracting a deadly virus The Roman historian Tacitus wrote that the founder of the sect of Christians, Christus, had undergone the death penalty in the reign of Tiberius, by sentence of the procurator Pontius Pilate, and the pernicious superstition was checked for a moment, only…

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Gibbon on Julian – 17

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Chapter XXIV The retreat and death of Julian Part II The martial impatience of Julian urged him to take the field in the beginning of the spring; and he dismissed, with contempt and reproach, the senate of Antioch, who accompanied the emperor beyond the…

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Gibbon on Julian – 16

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Chapter XXIV The retreat and death of Julian Part I The philosophical fable which Julian composed under the name of the Cæsars, is one of the most agreeable and instructive productions of ancient wit. During the freedom and equality of the days of the…

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Gibbon on Julian – 15

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Chapter XXIII Reign of Julian Part V The zeal of the ministers of Julian was instantly checked by the frown of their sovereign; but when the father of his country declares himself the leader of a faction, the license of popular fury cannot easily…

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Gibbon on Julian – 14

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Chapter XXIII Reign of Julian Part IV The restoration of the Jewish temple was secretly connected with the ruin of the Christian church. Julian still continued to maintain the freedom of religious worship, without distinguishing whether this universal toleration proceeded from his justice or…

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Gibbon on Julian – 13

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Chapter XXIII Reign of Julian Part III In the midst of a rocky and barren country, the walls of Jerusalem enclosed the two mountains of Sion and Acra, within an oval figure of about three English miles. Towards the south, the upper town, and…

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Gibbon on Julian – 12

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Chapter XXIII: Reign of Julian Part II The inclination of Julian might prefer the gods of Homer, and of the Scipios, to the new faith, which his uncle had established in the Roman empire; and in which he himself had been sanctified by the…

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Gibbon on Julian – 11

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Chapter XXIII: Reign of Julian Part I The religion of Julian. Universal toleration. He attempts to restore and reform the pagan worship. To rebuild the temple of Jerusalem. His artful persecution of the Christians. Mutual zeal and injustice. The character of Apostate has injured…

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Gibbon on Julian – 10

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Chapter XXII: Julian declared emperor Part IV The numerous army of spies, of agents, and informers enlisted by Constantius to secure the repose of one man, and to interrupt that of millions, was immediately disbanded by his generous successor. Julian was slow in his…

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Gibbon on Julian – 9

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Chapter XXII: Julian Declared Emperor Part III Philosophy had instructed Julian to compare the advantages of action and retirement; but the elevation of his birth, and the accidents of his life, never allowed him the freedom of choice. He might perhaps sincerely have preferred…

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