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celebrates Constantinople as not less superior to all other cities, than she was
inferior to Rome itself. His learned commentator (Spanheim, p. 75, 76.) justifies
this language by several parallel and contemporary instances. Zosimus, as well
See d'Herbelot Bibliotheque Orientale, p. 275. 4. By the more learned Turks, and
by the emperor himself in his public mandates. Cantemir's History of the Othman
Empire, P. 5* - 'and 7 * The Theodosian code was promulgated A. D. 438.
The rules of precedency are ascertained with the most minute accuracy by the
emperors, and illustrated with equal prolixity by their learned interpreter. *o Cod.
Theodos. l. vi. tit. xxii. st Ausonius (in Gratiarum A&tione) basely expatiates on
1. See Howell's Hist. of the World, vol. ii. p. 19. That learned historian, who is not
sufficiently known, labours to justify the charašter and policy of Constantine.
inhadrawn 13t Ammian, 1, xix., c. 2. He observes (c. 5.) 62. THE DECLINE AND
As they freely shingled with the subjects of the empire, they gradually learned to
despise their manners; and to initate their arts. They abjured the implicit
reverence, which the pride of Rome had exacted from their ignorance, while they
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