Monday, May 30, 2011

Were the Canonical Gospels Originally Developed as Centos? [Part Two]

M. Aurelius' degenerate son Commodus (born a. 161, Emperor 180-192) took no interest in intellectual pursuits. But the excellent Septimius Severus (born a. 146, Emperor a. 193-211), who ascended the throne after the brief reigns of Pertinax (January-March a. 193 ; cf. § 364, 6) and Didius Julianus (April and May a. 193), wrote a description of his life. Papinian's labours as a jurist belong mainly to this period. The Christian religion now gained ground even among the educated, and found an eloquent advocate in Tertullian. In poetry this period produced nothing besides Vergilian centos. From this time, indeed, begins the general decline in art, knowledge and culture. [Wilhelm Sigmund Teuffel, A History of Roman Literature: The Imperial period p. 293 - 294]

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