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The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Volume 2)

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1781 Excerpt: ... CHAP. XII. CrnduQ of the Army and Senate after the Death of Aurelian.--Reigns of Tacitus, Probus, Cams and bis Sons. SUCH was the unhappy condition of the Ro-Extraordiman emperors, that whatever might be their "e"'ybn" conduct, their fate was commonly the fame. A tween the life of pleasure or virtue, of severity or mildness, aTMy and of indolence or glory, alike led to an untimely fo'ta grave; and almost every reign is closed by the choice of some disgusting repetition of treason and murder. an empe" The death of Aurelian, however, is remarkable by its extraordinary consequences. The legions admired, lamented, and revenged their victorious chief. The artifice of his perfidious secretary was discovered and punished. The deluded conspirators attended the funeral of their injured sovereign, with sincere or well feigned contrition, and submitted to the unanimous resolution of the military order, which was signified by the following epistle. " The brave and fortunate armies to " the senate and people of Rome. The crime of " one man, and the error of many, have deprived " us of the late emperor Aurelian. May it please " you, venerable lords and fathers! to place him " in the number of the gods, and to appoint a suc" ceflbr whom your judgment shall declare worthy " of the imperial purple. None of those whole " guilt or misfortune have contributed to our loss, " shall ever reign over us (1)." The Roman senators heard, without surprise, that another emperor had been aslassinated in his camp; they secretly rejoiced in the fall of Aureliaa; but the modest and dutiful (1) Vopiscus in Hist. August. p. 222. Aurelius Victor mentions a formal deputation from the troops to the senate. dutiful address of the legions, when it was communicated in full assembly by the consul, d...

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