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Rome was insensibly confounded with the dependent kingdoms which had once
acknowledged her supremacy; and the country of the Caesars was viewed with
cold indifference by a martial prince, born in the neighbourhood of the Danube, ...
The Bosphorus and the Hellespont may be confidered as the two gates of
Constantinople; and the prince who possessed those important passages could
always shut them against a naval enemy, and open them to the fleets of
considerable part of the public revenue will be expended by the prince himself,
by his ministers, by the officers of justice, and by the domestics of the palace. The
most wealthy of the provincials will be attracted by the powerful motives of ...
Tillemont, and the other friends of Constantine, who are offended with the air of
Paganism which seems unworthy of a Christian prince, had a right to confider it
as doubtful, but they were not authorised to omit the mention of it. 98 Sozomen, l.
They yielded only to the transient superiority of the annual consuls; but they
enjoyed the pre-eminence over all the great officers of state, with the most
familiar access to the person of the prince. This honourable rank was bestowed
on them for ...
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