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CHAP. I - The Extent and Military Force of the Roman Empire in the Age of the Antonines.
CHAP. II - Of the Union and internal Prosperity of the Roman Empire, in the Age of the Antonines.
CHAP. III - Of the Constitution of the Roman Empire, in the Age of the Antonines.
CHAP. IV - The cruelty, follies, and murder of Commodus.--Election of Pertinax--his attempts to reform the Senate--his assassination by the Prætorian Guards.
CHAP. V - Public sale of the empire to Didius Julianus by the Prætorian Guards.--Clodius Albinus in Britain, Pescennius Niger in Syria, and Septimus Severus in Pannonia, declare against the murderers of Pertinax.--Civil wars and victory of Severus over his three rivals.--Relaxations of discipline.--New maxims of government.
CHAP. VI - The death of Severus.--Tyranny of Caracalla.--Usurpation of Macrinus.--Follies of Elagabalus.--Virtues of Alexander Severus.--Licentiousness of the army.--General state of the Roman Finances.
CHAP. VII - The elevation and tyranny of Maximin.--Rebellion in Africa and Italy, under the authority of the Senate.--Civil Wars and Seditions.--Violent Deaths of Maximin and his Son, of Maximus and Balbinus, and of the three Gordians.--Usurpation and secular games of Philip.
CHAP. VIII - Of the state of Persia after the restoration of the monarchy by Artaxerxes.
CHAP. IX - The State of Germany till the invasion of the Barbarians, in the Time of the Emperor Decius.
CHAP. X - The Emperors Decius, Gallus, Æmilianus, Valerian, and Gallienus.--The general Irruption of the Barbarians.--The thirty Tyrants.
CHAP. XI - Reign of Claudius.--Defeat of the Goths.--Victories, triumph, and death, of Aurelian.
CHAP. XII - Conduct of the Army and Senate after the death of Aurelian.--Reigns of Tacitus, Probus, Carus and his sons.
CHAP. XIII - The reign of Diocletian and his three associates, Maximian, Gallerius, and Constantius.--General re-establishment of order and tranquility.--The Persian war, victory, and triumph.--The new form of administration.--Abdication and retirement of Diocletian and Maximian.
CHAP. XIV - Troubles after the abdication of Diocletian.--Death of Constantius.--Elevation of Constantine and Maxentius.--Six Emperors at the same time.--Death of Maximian and Gallerius.--Victories of Constantine over Maxentius and Licinius--Re-union of the Empire under the authority of Constantine.
CHAP. XV - The Progress of the Christian Religion, and the Sentiments, Manners, Numbers and Condition of the Primitive Christians.
CHAP. XVI - The conduct of the Roman Government towards the Christians, from the reign of Nero to that of Constantine.
CHAP. XVII - Foundation of Constantinople--Political System of Constantine, and his Successors--Military Discipline--The Palace--The Finances
CHAP. XVIII - Character of Constantine--Gothic War--Death of Constantine--Division of the Empire among his three Sons--Persian War--Tragic Death of Constantine the Younger, and Constans--Usurpation of Magnentius--Civil War--Victory of Constantius
CHAP. XIX - Constantius sole Emperor--Elevation and Death of Gallus--Danger and Elevation of Julian--Sarmatian and Persian Wars--Victories of Julian in Gaul
CHAP. XX - The Motives, Products, and Effects of the Conversion of Constantine--Legal Establishment of the Christian, or Catholic Church
CHAP. XXI - Persecution of Heresy--The Schism of the Donatists--The Arian Controversy--Athanasius--Distracted State of the Church and the Empire under Constantine and his Sons--Toleration of Paganism
CHAP. XXII - Julian is Declared Emperor by the Legions of Gaul--His March and Success--The Death of Constantius--Civil Administration of Julian
CHAP. XXIII - The Religion of Julian--Universal Toleration--He attempts to restore and reform the Pagan Worship; to rebuild the Temple of Jerusalem--His artful Persecution of the Christians--Mutual Zeal and Injustice
CHAP. XXIV - Residence of Julian at Antioch--His successful Expedition against the Persians--Passage of the Tigris--The Retreat and Death of Julian--Election of Jovian--He saves the Roman Army by a disgraceful Treaty