1.3.1 “Then, after the lawful funeral of his father and the customary honors, Constantine took note of the misfortune of the Romans and their loss of peace.

1.3.2 For he was hearing that the city of Rome was growing weary because of the evils of Maxentius. For the direction of the empire was quickly being turned by him into a savage tyranny. For example, he handed many officials over to death without trial. He also imposed fines and banishments and redistributions of land and further penalties without inquiry or investigation. Furthermore, when he passionately desired other men’s wives, he either seduced them by flattery or forced them with his commands, and so it remained unsafe to have a beautiful wife. And in an attempt to guard chastity, there was a great deal of bloodshed throughout the city.

1.3.3 When the most God-loving Constantine heard about these and so many other similar things which are not catalogued here, he was enraged. For the unjust deeds of others brings personal grief to God-loving men.


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