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Fathers Of The Church
Catholic Edition

NICENE AND POST-NICENE FATHERS: SERIES 2

Eusebius Pamphilius: Church History, Life of Constantine, Oration in Praise of Constantine

EUSEBIUS PAMPHILIUS: CHURCH HISTORY, LIFE OF CONSTANTINE, ORATION IN PRAISE OF CONSTANTINE CREATOR(S): EUSEBIUS PAMPHILIUS

NICENE AND POST-NICENE CHURCH FATHERS: SECOND SERIES: VOLUME I. EUSEBIUS PAMPHILUS: CHURCH HISTORY LIFE OF CONSTANTINE ORATION IN PRAISE OF CONSTANTINE.

A SELECT LIBRARY OF THE NICENE AND POST-NICENE FATHERS OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH.




The Life And Writings Of Eusebius Of Caesarea

The Church History of Eusebius

The Life Of Constantine, By Eusebius, Together With The Oration Of Constantine To The Assembly Of The Saints, And The Oration Of Eusebius In Praise Of Constantine

The Life Of The Blessed Emperor Constantine By Eusebius Pamphilus

The Oration Of The Emperor Constantine, Which He Addressed “To The Assembly Of The Saints.”

The Oration Of Eusebius Pamphilus, In Praise Of The Emperor Constantine






The Life And Writings Of Eusebius Of Caesarea

Chapter I
The Life of Eusebius

Eusebius’ Birth And Training. His Life In Caesarea Until The Outbreak Of The Persecution

The Persecution Of Diocletian

Eusebius’ Accession To The Bishopric Of Caesarea

The Outbreak Of The Arian Controversy. The Attitude Of Eusebius

The Council Of Nicaea

Continuance Of The Arian Controversy. Eusebius’ Relations To The Two Parties

Eusebius And Marcellus

The Death Of Eusebius

Chapter II
The Writings of Eusebius

Catalogue Of His Works

The Church History of Eusebius

Book I

Chapter I
The Plan of the Work

Chapter II
Summary View of the Pre-existence and Divinity of Our Saviour and Lord Jesus Christ

Chapter III
The Name Jesus and also the Name Christ were known from the Beginning, and were honored by the Inspired Prophets

Chapter IV
The Religion Proclaimed by Him to All Nations Was Neither New Nor Strange

Chapter V
The Time of his Appearance among Men

Chapter VI
About the Time of Christ, in accordance with Prophecy, the Rulers who had governed the Jewish Nation in Regular Succession from the Days of Antiquity came to an End, and Herod, the First Foreigner, Became King

Chapter VII
The Alleged Discrepancy in the Gospels in regard to the Genealogy of Christ

Chapter VIII
The Cruelty of Herod toward the Infants, and the Manner of his Death

Chapter IX
The Times of Pilate

Chapter X
The High Priests of the Jews under whom Christ taught

Chapter XI
Testimonies in Regard to John the Baptist and Christ

Chapter XII
The Disciples of our Saviour

Chapter XIII
Narrative concerning the Prince of the Edessenes

Book II

Chapter I
The Course pursued by the Apostles after the Ascension of Christ

Chapter II
How Tiberius was affected when informed by Pilate concerning Christ

Chapter III
The Doctrine of Christ soon spread throughout All the World

Chapter IV
After the Death of Tiberius, Caius appointed Agrippa King of the Jews, having punished Herod with Perpetual Exile

Chapter V
Philo’s Embassy to Caius in Behalf of the Jews

Chapter VI
The Misfortunes which overwhelmed the Jews after their Presumption against Christ

Chapter VII
Pilate’s Suicide

Chapter VIII
The Famine which took Place in the Reign of Claudius

Chapter IX
The Martyrdom of James the Apostle

Chapter X
Agrippa, who was also called Herod, having persecuted the Apostles, immediately experienced the Divine Vengeance

Chapter XI
The Impostor Theudas and his Followers

Chapter XII
Helen, the Queen of the Osrhoenians

Chapter XIII
Simon Magus

Chapter XIV
The Preaching of the Apostle Peter in Rome

Chapter XV
The Gospel according to Mark

Chapter XVI
Mark first proclaimed Christianity to the Inhabitants of Egypt

Chapter XVII
Philo’s Account of the Ascetics of Egypt

Chapter XVIII
The Works of Philo that have come down to us

Chapter XIX
The Calamity which befell the Jews in Jerusalem on the Day of the Passover

Chapter XX
The Events which took Place in Jerusalem during the Reign of Nero

Chapter XXI
The Egyptian, who is mentioned also in the Acts of the Apostles

Chapter XXII
Paul having been sent bound from Judea to Rome, made his Defense, and was acquitted of every Charge

Chapter XXIII
The Martyrdom of James, who was called the Brother of the Lord

Chapter XXIV
Annianus the First Bishop of the Church of Alexandria after Mark

Chapter XXV
The Persecution under Nero in which Paul and Peter were honored at Rome with Martyrdom in Behalf of Religion

Chapter XXVI
The Jews, afflicted with Innumerable Evils, commenced the Last War Against the Romans

Book III

Chapter I
The Parts of the World in which the Apostles preached Christ

Chapter II
The First Ruler of the Church of Rome

Chapter III
The Epistles of the Apostles

Chapter IV
The First Successors of the Apostles

Chapter V
The Last Siege of the Jews after Christ

Chapter VI
The Famine which oppressed them

Chapter VII
The Predictions of Christ

Chapter VIII
The Signs which preceded the War

Chapter IX
Josephus and the Works which he has left

Chapter X
The Manner in which Josephus mentions the Divine Books

Chapter XI
Symeon rules the Church of Jerusalem after James

Chapter XII
Vespasian commands the Descendants of David to be sought

Chapter XIII
Anencletus, the Second Bishop of Rome

Chapter XIV
Abilius, the Second Bishop of Alexandria

Chapter XV
Clement, the Third Bishop of Rome

Chapter XVI
The Epistle of Clement

Chapter XVII
The Persecution under Domitian

Chapter XVIII
The Apostle John and the Apocalypse

Chapter XIX
Domitian commands the Descendants of David to be slain

Chapter XX
The Relatives of our Saviour

Chapter XXI
Cerdon becomes the Third Ruler of the Church of Alexandria

Chapter XXII
Ignatius, the Second Bishop of Antioch

Chapter XXIII
Narrative Concerning John the Apostle

Chapter XXIV
The Order of the Gospels

Chapter XXV
The Divine Scriptures that are accepted and those that are not

Chapter XXVI
Menander the Sorcerer

Chapter XXVII
The Heresy of the Ebionites

Chapter XXVIII
Cerinthus the Heresiarch

Chapter XXIX
Nicolaus and the Sect named after him

Chapter XXX
The Apostles that were Married

Chapter XXXI
The Death of John and Philip

Chapter XXXII
Symeon, Bishop of Jerusalem, suffers Martyrdom

Chapter XXXIII
Trajan forbids the Christians to be sought after

Chapter XXXIV
Evarestus, the Fourth Bishop of the Church of Rome

Chapter XXXV
Justus, the Third Bishop of Jerusalem

Chapter XXXVI
Ignatius and His Epistles

Chapter XXXVII
The Evangelists that were still Eminent at that Time

Chapter XXXVIII
The Epistle of Clement and the Writings falsely ascribed to him

Chapter XXXIX
The Writings of Papias

Book IV

Chapter I
The Bishops of Rome and of Alexandria during the Reign of Trajan

Chapter II
The Calamities of the Jews during Trajan’s Reign

Chapter III
The Apologists that wrote in Defense of the Faith during the Reign of Adrian

Chapter IV
The Bishops of Rome and of Alexandria under the Same Emperor

Chapter V
The Bishops of Jerusalem from the Age of our Saviour to the Period under Consideration

Chapter VI
The Last Siege of the Jews under Adrian

Chapter VII
The Persons that became at that Time Leaders of Knowledge falsely so-called

Chapter VIII
Ecclesiastical Writers

Chapter IX
The Epistle of Adrian, decreeing that we should not be punished without a Trial

Chapter X
The Bishops of Rome and of Alexandria during the Reign of Antoninus

Chapter XI
The Heresiarchs of that Age

Chapter XII
The Apology of Justin addressed to Antoninus

Chapter XIII
The Epistle of Antoninus to the Common Assembly of Asia in Regard to our Doctrine

Chapter XIV
The Circumstances related of Polycarp, a Friend of the Apostles

Chapter XV
Under Verus, Polycarp with Others suffered Martyrdom at Smyrna

Chapter XVI
Justin the Philosopher preaches the Word of Christ in Rome and suffers Martyrdom

Chapter XVII
The Martyrs whom Justin mentions in his Own Work

Chapter XVIII
The Works of Justin which have come down to us

Chapter XIX
The Rulers of the Churches of Rome and Alexandria during the Reign of Verus

Chapter XX
The Rulers of the Church of Antioch

Chapter XXI
The Ecclesiastical Writers that flourished in Those Days

Chapter XXII
Hegesippus and the Events which he mentions

Chapter XXIII
Dionysius, Bishop of Corinth, and the Epistles which he wrote

Chapter XXIV
Theophilus Bishop of Antioch

Chapter XXV
Philip and Modestus

Chapter XXVI
Melito and the Circumstances which he records

Chapter XXVII
Apolinarius, Bishop of the Church of Hierapolis

Chapter XXVIII
Musanus and His Writings

Chapter XXIX
The Heresy of Tatian

Chapter XXX
Bardesanes the Syrian and his Extant Works

Book V

Chapter I
The Number of those who fought for Religion in Gaul Under Verus and the Nature of their Conflicts

Chapter II
The Martyrs, beloved of God, kindly ministered unto those who fell in the Persecution

Chapter III
The Vision which appeared in a Dream to the Witness Attalus

Chapter IV
Irenaeus commended by the Witnesses in a Letter

Chapter V
God sent Rain from Heaven for Marcus Aurelius Caesar in Answer to the Prayers of our People

Chapter VI
Catalogue of the Bishops of Rome

Chapter VII
Even down to those Times Miracles were performed by the Faithful

Chapter VIII
The Statements of Irenaeus in regard to the Divine Scriptures

Chapter IX
The Bishops under Commodus

Chapter X
Pantaenus the Philosopher

Chapter XI
Clement of Alexandria

Chapter XII
The Bishops in Jerusalem

Chapter XIII
Rhodo and his Account of the Dissension of Marcion

Chapter XIV
The False Prophets of the Phrygians

Chapter XV
The Schism of Blastus at Rome

Chapter XVI
The Circumstances related of Montanus and his False Prophets

Chapter XVII
Miltiades and His Works

Chapter XVIII
The Manner in which Apollonius refuted the Phrygians, and the Persons whom he Mentions

Chapter XIX
Serapion on the Heresy of the Phrygians

Chapter XX
The Writings of Irenaeus against the Schismatics at Rome

Chapter XXI
How Appolonius suffered Martyrdom at Rome

Chapter XXII
The Bishops that were well known at this Time

Chapter XXIII
The Question then agitated concerning the Passover

Chapter XXIV
The Disagreement in Asia

Chapter XXV
How All came to an Agreement respecting the Passover

Chapter XXVI
The Elegant Works of Irenaeus which have come down to us

Chapter XXVII
The Works of Others that flourished at that Time

Chapter XXVIII
Those who first advanced the Heresy of Artemon; their Manner of Life, and how they dared to corrupt the Sacred Scriptures

Book VI

Chapter I
The Persecution under Severus

Chapter II
The Training of Origen from Childhood

Chapter III
While still very Young, he taught diligently the Word of Christ

Chapter IV
The pupils of Origen that became Martyrs

Chapter V
Potamiaena

Chapter VI
Clement of Alexandria

Chapter VII
The Writer, Judas

Chapter VIII
Origen’s Daring Deed

Chapter IX
The Miracles of Narcissus

Chapter X
The Bishops of Jerusalem

Chapter XI
Alexander

Chapter XII
Serapion and his Extant Works

Chapter XIII
The Writings of Clement

Chapter XIV
The Scriptures mentioned by Him

Chapter XV
Heraclas

Chapter XVI
Origen’s Earnest Study of the Divine Scriptures

Chapter XVII
The Translator Symmachus

Chapter XVIII
Ambrose

Chapter XIX
Circumstances Related of Origen

Chapter XX
The Extant Works of the Writers of that Age

Chapter XXI
The Bishops that were well known at that Time

Chapter XXII
The Works of Hippolytus which have reached us

Chapter XXIII
Origen’s Zeal and his Elevation to the Presbyterate

Chapter XXIV
The Commentaries which he prepared at Alexandria

Chapter XXV
His Review of the Canonical Scriptures

Chapter XXVI
Heraclas becomes Bishop of Alexandria

Chapter XXVII
How the Bishops regarded Origen

Chapter XXVIII
The Persecution under Maximinus

Chapter XXIX
Fabianus, who was wonderfully designated Bishop of Rome by God

Chapter XXX
The Pupils of Origen

Chapter XXXI
Africanus

Chapter XXXII
The Commentaries which Origen composed in Caesarea in Palestine

Chapter XXXIII
The Error of Beryllus

Chapter XXXIV
Philip Caesar

Chapter XXXV
Dionysius succeeds Heraclas in the Episcopate

Chapter XXXVI
Other Works of Origen

Chapter XXXVII
The Dissension of the Arabians

Chapter XXXVIII
The Heresy of the Elkesites

Chapter XXXIX
The Persecution under Decius, and the Sufferings of Origen

Chapter XL
The Events which happened to Dionysius

Chapter XLI
The Martyrs in Alexandria

Chapter XLII
Others of whom Dionysius gives an Account

Chapter XLIII
Novatus, his Manner of Life and his Heresy

Chapter XLIV
Dionysius’ Account of Serapion

Chapter XLV
An Epistle of Dionysius to Novatus

Chapter XLVI
Other Epistles of Dionysius

Book VII

Chapter I
The Wickedness of Decius and Gallus

Chapter II
The Bishops of Rome in those Times

Chapter III
Cyprian, and the Bishops with him, first taught that it was necessary to purify by Baptism those converted from Heresy

Chapter IV
The Epistles which Dionysius wrote on this Subject

Chapter V
The Peace following the Persecution

Chapter VI
The Heresy of Sabellius

Chapter VII
The Abominable Error of the Heretics; the Divine Vision of Dionysius; and the Ecclesiastical Canon which he received

Chapter VIII
The Heterodoxy of Novatus

Chapter IX
The Ungodly Baptism of the Heretics

Chapter X
Valerian and the Persecution under him

Chapter XI
The Events which happened at this Time to Dionysius and those in Egypt

Chapter XII
The Martyrs in Caesarea in Palestine

Chapter XIII
The Peace under Gallienus

Chapter XIV
The Bishops that flourished at that Time

Chapter XV
The Martyrdom of Marinus at Caesarea

Chapter XVI
Story in Regard to Astyrius

Chapter XVII
The Signs at Paneas of the Great Might of our Saviour

Chapter XVIII
The Statue which the Woman with an Issue of Blood erected

Chapter XIX
The Episcopal Chair of James

Chapter XX
The Festal Epistles of Dionysius, in which he also gives a Paschal Canon

Chapter XXI
The Occurrences at Alexandria

Chapter XXII
The Pestilence which came upon them

Chapter XXIII
The Reign of Gallienus

Chapter XXIV
Nepos and his Schism

Chapter XXV
The Apocalypse of John

Chapter XXVI
The Epistles of Dionysius

Chapter XXVII
Paul of Samosata, and the Heresy introduced by him at Antioch

Chapter XXVIII
The Illustrious Bishops of that Time

Chapter XXIX
Paul, having been refuted by Malchion, a Presbyter from the Sophists, was excommunicated

Chapter XXX
The Epistle of the Bishops against Paul

Chapter XXXI
The Perversive Heresy of the Manicheans which began at this Time

Chapter XXXII
The Distinguished Ecclesiastics of our Day, and which of them survived until the Destruction of the Churches

Book VIII

Chapter I
The Events which preceded the Persecution in our Times

Chapter II
The Destruction of the Churches

Chapter III
The Nature of the Conflicts endured in the Persecution

Chapter IV
The Famous Martyrs of God, who filled Every Place with their Memory and won Various Crowns in behalf of Religion

Chapter V
Those in Nicomedia

Chapter VI
Those in the Palace

Chapter VII
The Egyptians in Phoenicia

Chapter VIII
Those in Egypt

Chapter IX
Those in Thebais

Chapter X
The Writings of Phileas the Martyr describing the Occurrences at Alexandria

Chapter XI
Those in Phrygia

Chapter XII
Many Others, both Men and Women, who suffered in Various Ways

Chapter XIII
The Bishops of the Church that evinced by their Blood the Genuineness of the Religion which they preached

Chapter XIV
The Character of the Enemies of Religion

Chapter XV
The Events which happened to the Heathen

Chapter XVI
The Change of Affairs for the Better

Chapter XVII
The Revocation of the Rulers

Martyrs of Palestine

Chapter I

Chapter II

Chapter III

Chapter IV

Chapter V

Chapter VI

Chapter VII

Chapter VIII

Chapter IX

Chapter X

Chapter XI

Chapter XII

Chapter XIII

Book IX

Chapter I
The Pretended Relaxation

Chapter II
The Subsequent Reverse

Chapter III
The Newly Erected Statue at Antioch

Chapter IV
The Memorials against us

Chapter V
The Forged Acts

Chapter VI
Those who suffered Martyrdom at this Time

Chapter VII
The Decree against us which was engraved on Pillars

Chapter VIII
The Misfortunes which happened in Connection with these Things, in Famine, Pestilence, and War

Chapter IX
The Victory of the God-Beloved Emperors

Chapter X
The Overthrow of the Tyrants and the Words which they uttered before their Death

Chapter XI
The Final Destruction of the Enemies of Religion

Book X

Chapter I
The Peace granted us by God

Chapter II
The Restoration of the Churches

Chapter III
The Dedications in Every Place

Chapter IV
Panegyric on the Splendor of Affairs

Chapter V
Copies of Imperial Laws

Chapter VI
Copy of an Imperial Epistle in which Money is granted to the Churches

Chapter VII
The Exemption of the Clergy

Chapter VIII
The Subsequent Wickedness of Licinius, and his Death

Chapter IX
The Victory of Constantine, and the Blessings which under him accrued to the Subjects of the Roman Empire

The Life Of Constantine, By Eusebius, Together With The Oration Of Constantine To The Assembly Of The Saints, And The Oration Of Eusebius In Praise Of Constantine

I
Constantine the Great

Chapter I
Life

S:1. Early Years

S:2. The First Five Years of Reign

S:3. State of Affairs in 311

S:4. Second Five Years

S:5. Third Five Years

S:6. Fourth Five Years

S:7. Fifth Five Years

S:8. Sixth Five Years

S:9. Last Years

Chapter II
Character

S:1. Introduction

S:2. Inherited Characteristics

S:3. Physical Characteristics

S:4. Mental Characteristics

S:5. Moral Characteristics

S:6. Religious Characteristics

S:7. General Characterization

S:8. Summary

Chapter III
Writings

S:1. Introduction

S:2. Oratorical Writings

S:3. Letters and Edicts

S:4. Laws

S:5. Various

Chapter IV
The Mythical Constantine

1. Constantine and his Mother Helena

2. Constantine the Son of a British Princess

3. Constantine’s Leprosy; Healing and Baptism by Silvester

4. Donation of Constantine

5. Dream concerning the Founding of Constantinople

6. Voyage of Helena

7. The Finding of the Cross

II
The Life Of The Blessed Emperor Constantine By Eusebius Pamphilus

Book I

Chapter I
Preface
Of the Death of Constantine

Chapter II
The Preface Continued

Chapter III
How God honors Pious Princes, but destroys Tyrants

Chapter IV
That God honored Constantine

Chapter V
That he reigned above Thirty Years, and lived above Sixty

Chapter VI
That he was the Servant of God, and the Conqueror of Nations

Chapter VII
Comparison with Cyrus, King of the Persians, and with Alexander of Macedon

Chapter VIII
That he conquered nearly the Whole World

Chapter IX
That he was the Son of a Pious Emperor, and bequeathed the Power to Royal Sons

Chapter X
Of the Need for this History, and its Value for Edification

Chapter XI
That his Present Object is to record only the Pious Actions of Constantine

Chapter XII
That like Moses, he was reared in the Palaces of Kings

Chapter XIII
Of Constantius his Father, who refused to imitate Diocletian, Maximian, and Maxentius, in their Persecution of the Christians

Chapter XIV
How Constantius his Father, being reproached with Poverty by Diocletian, filled his Treasury, and afterwards restored the Money to those by whom it had been contributed

Chapter XV
Of the Persecution raised by his Colleagues

Chapter XVI
How Constantius, feigning Idolatry, expelled those who consented to offer Sacrifice, but retained in his Palace all who were willing to confess Christ

Chapter XVII
Of his Christian Manner of Life

Chapter XVIII
That after the Abdication of Diocletian and Maximian, Constantius became Chief Augustus, and was blessed with a Numerous Offspring

Chapter XIX
Of his Son Constantine, who in his Youth accompanied Diocletian into Palestine

Chapter XX
Flight of Constantine to his Father because of the Plots of Diocletian

Chapter XXI
Death of Constantius, who leaves his Son Constantine Emperor

Chapter XXII
How, after the Burial of Constantius, Constantine was Proclaimed Augustus by the Army

Chapter XXIII
A Brief Notice of the Destruction of the Tyrants

Chapter XXIV
It was by the Will of God that Constantine became possessed of the Empire

Chapter XXV
Victories of Constantine over the Barbarians and the Britons

Chapter XXVI
How he resolved to deliver Rome from Maxentius

Chapter XXVII
That after reflecting on the Downfall of those who had worshiped Idols, he made Choice of Christianity

Chapter XXVIII
How, while he was praying, God sent him a Vision of a Cross of Light in the Heavens at Mid-day, with an Inscription admonishing him to conquer by that

Chapter XXIX
How the Christ of God appeared to him in his Sleep, and commanded him to use in his Wars a Standard made in the Form of the Cross

Chapter XXX
The Making of the Standard of the Cross

Chapter XXXI
A Description of the Standard of the Cross, which the Romans now call the Labarum

Chapter XXXII
How Constantine received Instruction, and read the Sacred Scriptures

Chapter XXXIII
Of the Adulterous Conduct of Maxentius at Rome

Chapter XXXIV
How the Wife of a Prefect slew herself for Chastity’s Sake

Chapter XXXV
Massacre of the Roman People by Maxentius

Chapter XXXVI
Magic Arts of Maxentius against Constantine; and Famine at Rome

Chapter XXXVII
Defeat of Maxentius’s Armies in Italy

Chapter XXXVIII
Death of Maxentius on the Bridge of the Tiber

Chapter XXXIX
Constantine’s Entry into Rome

Chapter XL
Of the Statue of Constantine holding a Cross, and its Inscription

Chapter XLI
Rejoicings throughout the Provinces; and Constantine’s Acts of Grace

Chapter XLII
The Honors Conferred upon Bishops, and the Building of Churches

Chapter XLIII
Constantine’s Liberality to the Poor

Chapter XLIV
How he was present at the Synods of Bishops

Chapter XLV
His Forbearance with Unreasonable Men

Chapter XLVI
Victories over the Barbarians

Chapter XLVII
Death of Maximin, who had attempted a Conspiracy, and of Others whom Constantine detected by Divine Revelation

Chapter XLVIII
Celebration of Constantine’s Decennalia

Chapter XLIX
How Licinius oppressed the East

Chapter L
How Licinius attempted a Conspiracy against Constantine

Chapter LI
Intrigues of Licinius against the Bishops, and his Prohibition of Synods

Chapter LII
Banishment of the Christians, and Confiscation of their Property

Chapter LIII
Edict that Women should not meet with the Men in the Churches

Chapter LIV
That those who refuse to sacrifice are to be dismissed from Military Service, and those in Prison not to be fed

Chapter LV
The Lawless Conduct and Covetousness of Licinius

Chapter LVI
At length he undertakes to raise a Persecution

Chapter LVII
That Maximian, brought Low by a Fistulous Ulcer with Worms, issued an Edict in Favor of the Christians

Chapter LVIII
That Maximin, who had persecuted the Christians, was compelled to fly, and conceal himself in the Disguise of a Slave

Chapter LIX
That Maximin, blinded by Disease, issued an Edict in Favor of the Christians

Book II

Chapter I
Secret Persecution by Licinius, who causes Some Bishops to be put to Death at Amasia of Pontus

Chapter II
Demolition of Churches, and Butchery of the Bishops

Chapter III
How Constantine was stirred in Behalf of the Christians thus in Danger of Persecution

Chapter IV
That Constantine prepared himself for the War by Prayer: Licinius by the Practice of Divination

Chapter V
What Licinius, while sacrificing in a Grove, said concerning Idols, and concerning Christ

Chapter VI
An Apparition seen in the Cities subject to Licinius, as of Constantine’s Troops passing through them

Chapter VII
That Victory everywhere followed the Presence of the Standard of the Cross in Battle

Chapter VIII
That Fifty Men were selected to carry the Cross

Chapter IX
That One of the Cross-Bearers, who fled from his Post, was slain: while Another, who faithfully stood his Ground, was preserved

Chapter X
Various Battles, and Constantine’s Victories

Chapter XI
Flight, and Magic Arts of Licinius

Chapter XII
How Constantine, after praying in his Tabernacle, obtained the Victory

Chapter XIII
His Humane Treatment of Prisoners

Chapter XIV
A Farther Mention of his Prayers in the Tabernacle

Chapter XV
Treacherous Friendship, and Idolatrous Practices of Licinius

Chapter XVI
How Licinius counseled his Soldiers not to attack the Standard of the Cross

Chapter XVII
Constantine’s Victory

Chapter XVIII
Death of Licinius, and Celebration of the Event

Chapter XIX
Rejoicings and Festivities

Chapter XX
Constantine’s Enactments in Favor of the Confessors

Chapter XXI
His Laws concerning Martyrs, and concerning Ecclesiastical Property

Chapter XXII
How he won the Favor of the People

Chapter XXIII
That he declared God to be the Author of his Prosperity: and concerning his Rescripts

Chapter XXIV
Law of Constantine respecting Piety towards God, and the Christian Religion

Chapter XXV
An Illustration from Ancient Times

Chapter XXVI
Of Persecuted and Persecutors

Chapter XXVII
How the Persecution became the Occasion of Calamities to the Aggressors

Chapter XXVIII
That God chose Constantine to be the Minister of Blessing

Chapter XXIX
Constantine’s Expressions of Piety towards God; and Praise of the Confessors

Chapter XXX
A Law granting Release from Exile, from Service in the Courts, and from the Confiscation of Property

Chapter XXXI
Release likewise granted to Exiles in the Islands

Chapter XXXII
And to those ignominiously employed in the Mines and Public Works

Chapter XXXIII
Concerning those Confessors engaged in Military Service

Chapter XXXIV
The Liberation of Free Persons condemned to labor in the Women’s Apartments, or to Servitude

Chapter XXXV
Of the Inheritance of the Property of Martyrs and Confessors, also of those who had suffered Banishment or Confiscation of Property

Chapter XXXVI
The Church is declared Heir of those who leave no Kindred; and the Free Gifts of such Persons Confirmed

Chapter XXXVII
Lands, Gardens, or Houses, but not Actual Produce from them, are to be given back

Chapter XXXVIII
In what Manner Requests should be made for these

Chapter XXXIX
The Treasury must restore Lands, Gardens, and Houses to the Churches

Chapter XL
The Tombs of Martyrs and the Cemeteries to be transferred to the Possession of the Churches

Chapter XLI
Those who have purchased Property belonging to the Church, or received it as a Gift, are to restore it

Chapter XLII
An Earnest Exhortation to worship God

Chapter XLIII
How the Enactments of Constantine were carried into Effect

Chapter XLIV
That he promoted Christians to Offices of Government, and forbade Gentiles in Such Stations to offer Sacrifice

Chapter XLV
Statutes which forbade Sacrifice, and enjoined the Building of Churches

Chapter XLVI
Constantine’s Letter to Eusebius and Other Bishops, respecting the Building of Churches, with Instructions to repair the Old, and erect New Ones on a Larger Scale, with the Aid of the Provincial Governors

Chapter XLVII
That he wrote a Letter in Condemnation of Idolatry

Chapter XLVIII
Constantine’s Edict to the People of the Provinces concerning the Error of Polytheism, commencing with Some General Remarks on Virtue and Vice

Chapter XLIX
Concerning Constantine’s Pious Father, and the Persecutors Diocletian and Maximian

Chapter L
That the Persecution originated on Account of the Oracle of Apollo, who, it was said, could not give Oracles because of “the Righteous Men.”

Chapter LI
That Constantine, when a Youth, heard from him who wrote the Persecution Edict that “the Righteous Men” were the Christians

Chapter LII
The Manifold Forms of Torture and Punishment practiced against the Christians

Chapter LIII
That the Barbarians kindly received the Christians

Chapter LIV
What Vengeance overtook those who on Account of the Oracle raised the Persecution

Chapter LV
Constantine gives Glory to God, makes Grateful Acknowledgment of the Sign of the Cross, and prays for the Churches and People

Chapter LVI
He prays that All may be Christians, but compels None

Chapter LVII
He gives Glory to God, who has given Light by his Son to those who were in Error

Chapter LVIII
He glorifies him again for his Government of the Universe

Chapter LIX
He gives Glory to God, as the Constant Teacher of Good

Chapter LX
An Admonition at the Close of the Edict, that No One should trouble his Neighbor

Chapter LXI
How Controversies originated at Alexandria through Matters relating to Arius

Chapter LXII
Concerning the Same Arius, and the Melitians

Chapter LXIII
How Constantine sent a Messenger and a Letter concerning Peace

Chapter LXIV
Constantine’s Letter to Alexander the Bishop, and Arius the Presbyter

Chapter LXV
His Continual Anxiety for Peace

Chapter LXVI
That he also adjusted the Controversies which had arisen in Africa

Chapter LXVII
That Religion began in the East

Chapter LXVIII
Being grieved by the Dissension, he counsels Peace

Chapter LXIX
Origin of the Controversy between Alexander and Arius, and that these Questions ought not to have been discussed

Chapter LXX
An Exhortation to Unanimity

Chapter LXXI
There should be no Contention in Matters which are in themselves of Little Moment

Chapter LXXII
The Excess of his Pious Concern caused him to shed Tears; and his Intended Journey to the East was postponed because of These Things

Chapter LXXIII
The Controversy continues without Abatement, even after the Receipt of This Letter

Book III

Chapter I
A Comparison of Constantine’s Piety with the Wickedness of the Persecutors

Chapter II
Farther Remarks on Constantine’s Piety, and his Open Testimony to the Sign of the Cross

Chapter III
Of his Picture surmounted by a Cross and having beneath it a Dragon

Chapter IV
A Farther Notice of the Controversies raised in Egypt by Arius

Chapter V
Of the Disagreement respecting the Celebration of Easter

Chapter VI
How he ordered a Council to be held at Nicaea

Chapter VII
Of the General Council, at which Bishops from all Nations were Present

Chapter VIII
That the Assembly was composed, as in the Acts of the Apostles, of Individuals from Various Nations

Chapter IX
Of the Virtue and Age of the Two Hundred and Fifty Bishops

Chapter X
Council in the Palace. Constantine, entering, took his Seat in the Assembly

Chapter XI
Silence of the Council, after Some Words by the Bishop Eusebius

Chapter XII
Constantine’s Address to the Council concerning Peace

Chapter XIII
How he led the Dissentient Bishops to Harmony of Sentiment

Chapter XIV
Unanimous Declaration of the Council concerning Faith, and the Celebration of Easter

Chapter XV
How Constantine entertained the Bishops on the Occasion of His Vicennalia

Chapter XVI
Presents to the Bishops, and Letters to the People generally

Chapter XVII
Constantine’s Letter to the Churches respecting the Council at Nicaea

Chapter XVIII
He speaks of their Unanimity respecting the Feast of Easter, and against the Practice of the Jews

Chapter XIX
Exhortation to follow the Example of the Greater Part of the World

Chapter XX
Exhortation to obey the Decrees of the Council

Chapter XXI
Recommendation to the Bishops, on their Departure, to Preserve Harmony

Chapter XXII
How he dismissed Some, and wrote Letters to Others; also his Presents

Chapter XXIII
How he wrote to the Egyptians, exhorting them to Peace

Chapter XXIV
How he wrote Frequent Letters of a Religious Character to the Bishops and People

Chapter XXV
How he ordered the Erection of a Church at Jerusalem, in the Holy Place of our Saviour’s Resurrection

Chapter XXVI
That the Holy Sepulchre had been covered with Rubbish and with Idols by the Ungodly

Chapter XXVII
How Constantine commanded the Materials of the Idol Temple, and the Soil itself, to be removed at a Distance

Chapter XXVIII
Discovery of the Most Holy Sepulchre

Chapter XXIX
How he wrote concerning the Erection of a Church, both to the Governors of the Provinces, and to the Bishop Macarius

Chapter XXX
Constantine’s Letter to Macarius respecting the Building of the Church of our Saviour

Chapter XXXI
That the Building should surpass all the Churches in the World in the Beauty of its Walls, its Columns, and Marbles

Chapter XXXII
That he instructed the Governors concerning the Beautifying of the Roof; also concerning Workmen, and Materials

Chapter XXXIII
How the Church of our Saviour, the New Jerusalem prophesied of in Scripture, was built

Chapter XXXIV
Description of the Structure of the Holy Sepulchre

Chapter XXXV
Description of the Atrium and Porticos

Chapter XXXVI
Description of the Walls, Roof, Decoration, and Gilding of the Body of the Church

Chapter XXXVII
Description of the Double Porticos on Either Side, and of the Three Eastern Gates

Chapter XXXVIII
Description of the Hemisphere, the Twelve Columns, and their Bowls

Chapter XXXIX
Description of the Inner Court, the Arcades and Porches

Chapter XL
Of the Number of his Offerings

Chapter XLI
Of the Erection of Churches in Bethlehem, and on the Mount of Olives

Chapter XLII
That the Empress Helena, Constantine’s Mother, having visited this Locality for Devotional Purposes, built these Churches

Chapter XLIII
A Farther Notice of the Churches at Bethlehem

Chapter XLIV
Of Helena’s Generosity and Beneficent Acts

Chapter XLV
Helena’s Pious Conduct in the Churches

Chapter XLVI
How she made her Will, and died at the Age of Eighty Years

Chapter XLVII
How Constantine buried his Mother, and how he honored her during her Life

Chapter XLVIII
How he built Churches in Honor of Martyrs, and abolished Idolatry at Constantinople

Chapter XLIX
Representation of the Cross in the Palace, and of Daniel at the Public Fountains

Chapter L
That he erected Churches in Nicomedia, and in Other Cities

Chapter LI
That he ordered a Church to be built at Mambre

Chapter LII
Constantine’s Letter to Eusebius concerning Mambre

Chapter LIII
That the Saviour appeared in this Place to Abraham

Chapter LIV
Destruction of Idol Temples and Images everywhere

Chapter LV
Overthrow of an Idol Temple, and Abolition of Licentious Practices, at Aphaca in Phoenicia

Chapter LVI
Destruction of the Temple of AEsculapius at AEgae

Chapter LVII
How the Gentiles abandoned Idol Worship, and turned to the Knowledge of God

Chapter LVIII
How he destroyed the Temple of Venus at Heliopolis, and built the First Church in that City

Chapter LIX
Of the Disturbance at Antioch by Eustathius

Chapter LX
Constantine’s Letter to the Antiochians, directing them not to withdraw Eusebius from Caesarea, but to seek some one else

Chapter LXI
The Emperor’s Letter to Eusebius praising him for refusing the Bishopric of Antioch

Chapter LXII
Constantine’s Letter to the Council, depreciating the Removal of Eusebius from Caesarea

Chapter LXIII
How he displayed his Zeal for the Extirpation of Heresies

Chapter LXIV
Constantine’s Edict against the Heretics

Chapter LXV
The Heretics are deprived of their Meeting Places

Chapter LXVI
How on the Discovery of Prohibited Books among the Heretics, Many of them return to the Catholic Church

Book IV

Chapter I
How he honored Many by Presents and Promotions

Chapter II
Remission of a Fourth Part of the Taxes

Chapter III
Equalization of the More Oppressive Taxes

Chapter IV
His Liberality, from His Private Resources, to the Losers in Suits of a Pecuniary Nature

Chapter V
Conquest of the Scythians defeated through the Sign of Our Saviour

Chapter VI
Conquest of the Sarmatians, consequent on the Rebellion of their Slaves

Chapter VII
Ambassadors from Different Barbarous Nations receive Presents from the Emperor

Chapter VIII
That he wrote also to the King of Persia, who had sent him an Embassy, on Behalf of the Christians in his Realm

Chapter IX
Letter of Constantine Augustus to Sapor, King of the Persians, containing a truly Pious Confession of God and Christ

Chapter X
The Writer denounces Idols, and glorifies God

Chapter XI
Against the Tyrants and Persecutors; and on the Captivity of Valerian

Chapter XII
He declares that, having witnessed the Fall of the Persecutors, he now rejoices at the Peace enjoyed by the Christians

Chapter XIII
He bespeaks his Affectionate Interest for the Christians in his Country

Chapter XIV
How the Zealous Prayers of Constantine procured Peace to the Christians

Chapter XV
He causes himself to be represented on his Coins, and in his Portraits, in the Attitude of Prayer

Chapter XVI
He forbids by Law the Placing his Likeness in Idol Temples

Chapter XVII
Of his Prayers in the Palace, and his Reading the Holy Scriptures

Chapter XVIII
He enjoins the General Observance of the Lord’s Day, and the Day of Preparation

Chapter XIX
That he directed even his Pagan Soldiers to pray on the Lord’s Day

Chapter XX
The Form of Prayer given by Constantine to his Soldiers

Chapter XXI
He orders the Sign of the Saviour’s Cross to be engraven on his Soldiers’ Shields

Chapter XXII
Of his Zeal in Prayer, and the Honor he paid to the Feast of Easter

Chapter XXIII
How he forbade Idolatrous Worship, but honored Martyrs and the Church Festivals

Chapter XXIV
That he described himself to be a Bishop, in Charge of Affairs External to the Church

Chapter XXV
Prohibition of Sacrifices, of Mystic Rites, Combats of Gladiators, also the Licentious Worship of the Nile

Chapter XXVI
Amendment of the Law in Force respecting Childless Persons, and of the Law of Wills

Chapter XXVII
Among Other Enactments, he decrees that no Christian shall slave to a Jew, and affirms the Validity of the Decisions of Councils

Chapter XXVIII
His Gifts to the Churches, and Bounties to Virgins and to the Poor

Chapter XXIX
Of Constantine’s Discourses and Declamations

Chapter XXX
That he marked out before a Covetous Man the Measure of a Grave, and so put him to Shame

Chapter XXXI
That he was derided because of his Excessive Clemency

Chapter XXXII
Of Constantine’s Oration which he wrote to the Assembly of the Saints

Chapter XXXIII
How he listened standing to Eusebius’ Declamation in Honor of our Saviour’s Sepulchre

Chapter XXXIV
That he wrote to Eusebius respecting Easter, and respecting Copies of the Holy Scriptures

Chapter XXXV
Constantine’s Letter to Eusebius, in praise of his Discourse concerning Easter

Chapter XXXVI
Constantine’s Letter to Eusebius on the Preparation of Copies of the Holy Scriptures

Chapter XXXVII
How the Copies were provided

Chapter XXXVIII
How the Market-Town of Gaza was made a City for its Profession of Christianity, and received the Name of Constantia

Chapter XXXIX
That a Place in Phoenicia also was made a City, and in Other Cities Idolatry was abolished, and Churches built

Chapter XL
That having conferred the Dignity of Caesars on his Three Sons at the Three Decennial Periods of his Reign, he dedicated the Church at Jerusalem

Chapter XLI
That in the meantime he ordered a Council to be convened at Tyre, because of Controversies raised in Egypt

Chapter XLII
Constantine’s Letter to the Council at Tyre

Chapter XLIII
Bishops from all the Provinces attended the Dedication of the Church at Jerusalem

Chapter XLIV
Of their Reception by the Notary Marianus; the Distribution of Money to the Poor; and Offerings to the Church

Chapter XLV
Various Discourses by the Assembled Bishops; also by Eusebius, the Writer of this History

Chapter XLVI
That Eusebius afterwards delivered his Description of the Church of the Saviour, and a Tricennial Oration before Constantine himself

Chapter XLVII
That the Council at Nicaea was held in the Twentieth, the Dedication of the Church at Jerusalem in the Thirtieth, Year of Constantine’s Reign

Chapter XLVIII
That Constantine was displeased with one who praised him excessively

Chapter XLIX
Marriage of his Son Constantius Caesar

Chapter L
Embassy and Presents from the Indians

Chapter LI
That Constantine divided the Empire between his Three Sons, whom he had instructed in Politics and Religion

Chapter LII
That after they had reached Man’s Estate he was their Guide in Piety

Chapter LIII
Having reigned about Thirty-Two Years, and lived above Sixty, he still had a Sound Body

Chapter LIV
Of those who abused His Extreme Benevolence for Avarice and Hypocrisy

Chapter LV
Constantine employed himself in Composition of Various Kinds to the Close of his Life

Chapter LVI
How he took Bishops with him on an Expedition against the Persians, and took with him a Tent in the Form of a Church

Chapter LVII
How he received an Embassy from the Persians and kept the Night Vigil with others at the Feast of Easter

Chapter LVIII
Concerning the Building of a Church in Honor of the Apostles at Constantinople

Chapter LIX
Farther Description of the same Church

Chapter LX
He also erected his own Sepulchral Monument in this Church

Chapter LXI
His Sickness at Helenopolis, and Prayers respecting his Baptism

Chapter LXII
Constantine’s Appeal to the Bishops, requesting them to confer upon him the Rite of Baptism

Chapter LXIII
How after his Baptism he rendered Thanks to God

Chapter LXIV
Constantine’s Death at Noon on the Feast of Pentecost

Chapter LXV
Lamentations of the Soldiery and their Officers

Chapter LXVI
Removal of the Body from Nicomedia to the Palace at Constantinople

Chapter LXVII
He received the same Honors from the Counts and other Officers as before his Death

Chapter LXVIII
Resolution of the Army to confer thence-forward the Title of Augustus on his Sons

Chapter LXIX
Mourning for Constantine at Rome; and the Honor paid him there through Paintings after his Death

Chapter LXX
His Burial by his Son Constantius at Constantinople

Chapter LXXI
Sacred Service in the Church of the Apostles on the Occasion of Constantine’s Funeral

Chapter LXXII
Of the Phoenix

Chapter LXXIII
How Constantine is represented on Coins in the Act of ascending to Heaven

Chapter LXXIV
The God whom he had honored deservedly honored him in Return

Chapter LXXV
He surpassed all Preceding Emperors in Devotion to God

The Oration Of The Emperor Constantine, Which He Addressed “To The Assembly Of The Saints.”

Chapter I
Preliminary Remarks on the Feast of Easter: and how the Word of God, having conferred Manifold Benefits on Mankind, was betrayed by his Beneficiaries

Chapter II
An Appeal to the Church and to his Hearers to pardon and correct the Errors of His Speech

Chapter III
That God is the Father of the Word, and the Creator of all Things; and that Material Objects could not continue to exist, were their Causes Various

Chapter IV
On the Error of Idolatrous Worship

Chapter V
That Christ, the Son of God, created All Things, and has appointed to Every Thing the Term of its Existence

Chapter VI
The Falsity of the General Opinion respecting Fate is proved by the Consideration of Human Laws, and by the Works of Creation, the Course of which is not Fortuitous, but according to an Orderly Arrangement which evinces the Design of the Creator

Chapter VII
In regard to Things above our Comprehension, we should glorify the Creator’s Wisdom, and attribute their Causes to him alone, and not to Chance

Chapter VIII
That God bestows an Abundant Supply of whatever is suited to the Wants of Man, and ministers but sparingly to his Pleasures; in Both Cases with a View to his Advantage

Chapter IX
Of the Philosophers, who fell into Mistaken Notions, and Some of them into Danger, by their Desire of Universal Knowledge
Also of the Doctrines of Plato

Chapter X
Of those who reject the Doctrines of Philosophers, as well as those of Scripture: and that we ought to believe the Poets in All Things, or disbelieve them in All

Chapter XI
On the Coming of our Lord in the Flesh; its Nature and Cause

Chapter XII
Of those who are Ignorant of this Mystery; and that their Ignorance is Voluntary. The Blessings which await those who know it, especially such as die in the Confession of the Faith

Chapter XIII
That there is a Necessary Difference between Created Things. That the Propensity to Good and Evil depends on the Will of Man; and that, consequently, Judgment is a Necessary and Reasonable Thing

Chapter XIV
That Created Nature differs infinitely from Uncreated Being; to which Man makes the Nearest Approach by a Life of Virtue

Chapter XV
Of the Saviour’s Doctrines and Miracles; and the Benefits he confers on those who own Subjection to him

Chapter XVI
The Coming of Christ was predicted by the Prophets; and was ordained to be the Overthrow of Idols and Idolatrous Cities

Chapter XVII
Of the Wisdom of Moses, which was an Object of Imitation to the Wise among Heathen Nations. Also concerning Daniel, and the Three Children

Chapter XVIII
Of the Erythraean Sibyl, who pointed in a Prophetic Acrostic at our Lord and his Passion. The Acrostic is “Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour, Cross.”

Chapter XIX
That this Prophecy respecting our Saviour was not the Fiction of any Member of the Christian Church, but the Testimony of the Erythraean Sibyl, whose Books were translated into Latin by Cicero before the coming of Christ. Also that Virgil makes mention of the same, and of the Birth of the Virgin’s Child: though he spoke obscurely of this Mystery from Fear of the Ruling Powers

Chapter XX
A Farther Quotation from Virgilius Maro respecting Christ, with its Interpretation, showing that the Mystery was indicated therein darkly, as might be expected from a Poet

Chapter XXI
That these Things cannot have been spoken of a Mere Man: and that Unbelievers, owing to their Ignorance of Religion, know not even the Origin of their own Existence

Chapter XXII
The Emperor thankfully ascribes his Victories and all other Blessings to Christ; and condemns the Conduct of the Tyrant Maximin, the Violence of whose Persecution had enhanced the Glory of Religion

Chapter XXIII
Of Christian Conduct. That God is pleased with those who lead a Life of Virtue: and that we must expect a Judgment and Future Retribution

Chapter XXIV
Of Decius, Valerian, and Aurelian, who experienced a Miserable End in consequence of their Persecution of the Church

Chapter XXV
Of Diocletian, who ignobly abdicated the Imperial Throne, and was terrified by the Dread of Lightning for his Persecution of the Church

Chapter XXVI
The Emperor ascribes his Personal Piety to God; and shows that we are bound to seek Success from God, and attribute it to him; but to consider Mistakes as the Result of our own Negligence

The Oration Of Eusebius Pamphilus, In Praise Of The Emperor Constantine

Prologue to the Oration

Chapter I

Chapter II

Chapter III

Chapter IV

Chapter V

Chapter VI

Chapter VII

Chapter VIII

Chapter IX

Chapter X

Chapter XI

Chapter XII

Chapter XIII

Chapter XIV

Chapter XV

Chapter XVI

Chapter XVII

Chapter XVIII








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