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Decline and Fall of the Roma V5

Decline and Fall of the Roma V5

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Decline and Fall of the RomanEmpire, vol 5
The Project Gutenberg EBook The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire,v5#5 in our series by Edward Gibbon Copyright laws are changing all overthe world. Be sure to check the copyright laws for your country beforedownloading or redistributing this or any other Project Gutenberg eBook.This header should be the first thing seen when viewing this ProjectGutenberg file. Please do not remove it. Do not change or edit the headerwithout written permission.Please read the "legal small print," and other information about the eBook and Project Gutenberg at the bottom of this file. Included is importantinformation about your specific rights and restrictions in how the file maybe used. You can also find out about how to make a donation to ProjectGutenberg, and how to get involved.
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**eBooks Readable By Both Humans and By Computers, Since 1971*******These eBooks Were Prepared By Thousands of Volunteers*****Title: The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 5Author: Edward GibbonRelease Date: November, 1996 [EBook #735] [Yes, we are more than oneyear ahead of schedule] [This file was first posted in November, 1996][This file was last updated on March 29, 2002]
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Edition: 11Language: EnglishCharacter set encoding: ASCII*** START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK DECLINE ANDFALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE, v5 ***This eBook was produced by David Reed <Haradda@aol.com> withadditional work by David Widger <widger@cecomet.net>If you find any errors please feel free to notify me of them. I want to makethis the best etext edition possible for both scholars and the general public.Haradda@aol.com is my email address for now. Please feel free to send meyour comments and I hope you enjoy this.David ReedHISTORY OF THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIREEdward Gibbon, Esq.With notes by the Rev. H. H. MilmanVol. 5
Chapter XLIX
: Conquest Of Italy By The Franks.
Chapter XLIX2
Part I.
Introduction, Worship, And Persecution Of Images. − Revolt Of Italy AndRome. − Temporal Dominion Of The Popes. − Conquest Of Italy By TheFranks. − Establishment Of Images. − Character And Coronation Of Charlemagne. − Restoration And Decay Of The Roman Empire In TheWest. − Independence Of Italy. − Constitution Of The Germanic Body.In the connection of the church and state, I have considered the former assubservient only, and relative, to the latter; a salutary maxim, if in fact, aswell as in narrative, it had ever been held sacred. The Oriental philosophyof the Gnostics, the dark abyss of predestination and grace, and the strangetransformation of the Eucharist from the sign to the substance of Christ'sbody, ^1 I have purposely abandoned to the curiosity of speculative divines.But I have reviewed, with diligence and pleasure, the objects of ecclesiastical history, by which the decline and fall of the Roman empirewere materially affected, the propagation of Christianity, the constitution of the Catholic church, the ruin of Paganism, and the sects that arose from themysterious controversies concerning the Trinity and incarnation. At thehead of this class, we may justly rank the worship of images, so fiercelydisputed in the eighth and ninth centuries; since a question of popularsuperstition produced the revolt of Italy, the temporal power of the popes,and the restoration of the Roman empire in the West.[Footnote 1: The learned Selden has given the history of transubstantiationin a comprehensive and pithy sentence: "This opinion is only rhetoricturned into logic," (his Works, vol. iii. p. 2037, in his Table−Talk.)]The primitive Christians were possessed with an unconquerable repugnanceto the use and abuse of images; and this aversion may be ascribed to theirdescent from the Jews, and their enmity to the Greeks. The Mosaic law hadseverely proscribed all representations of the Deity; and that precept wasfirmly established in the principles and practice of the chosen people. Thewit of the Christian apologists was pointed against the foolish idolaters,who bowed before the workmanship of their own hands; the images of 
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