Victor of Vita: History of the Vandal Persecution by Victor of Vita, John Moorhead

By Victor of Vita, John Moorhead

One of the peoples who occupied the territories of the Roman Empire within the West within the 5th century, the Vandals are infamous for his or her persecution of the Catholic population of Africa. through a long way the fullest narrative in their doings sooner than the time of Justinian is that supplied through Victor of Vita, who in 484 wrote the higher a part of the paintings right here translated.

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He made enquiries and distributed numerous gifts, and what had happened could not be hidden. So it was that, discovering them to be not his slaves but those of Christ, he threw the servants of God into chains and inflicted various torments on them, his purpose being not so much to make them have intercourse but, something worse, to make them deflle the ornaments of their faith through the filth of rebaptism. This came to the notice of Geiseric. The king decreed that the implacable master 36 The motif of an unconsummated marriage often occurs in early ascetic literature.

Matt 18:18) Who will bury us with solemn prayers when we die? By whom will the usual rite of the divine sacrifice be offered? " 35 While they were saying these things and crying, no-one was allowed to go forward to console them, but the throng was forced to move quickly, so that they would be able, with difficulty, to take up a lowly lodging where some poor accommodation had already been prepared. When the elderly and others, such as delicate youths, happened to falter, they started to find themselves being struck with the points of spears and stones to make them run, and the weaker they were the more weary they became.

8 But when his reputation had spread everywhere and was generally known, the bishops of the Arians, especially Cyrila, began in consequence to be afflicted with a great deal of jealousy. Each day they railed at him with false accusations. Why say more? They made a proposal to the king concerning him, that he should on no account preside from his throne and preach to the people of God as usual; and then, that he should forbid the entry of any men or women in barbarian clothes who were seen going into the church.

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