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constructed for it by the command of the patriarch Theophilus. Through whom it is we know the city and family of Theophilus, the patriarch of Alexandria and the place of the birth of Cyril, his sister's son. Concerning the consummation of the death of the holy martyr Domecius: and the vengeance which God brought upon Julian, the apostate, and how God punished him by the hand of the holy martyr Mercurius and how he died by an evil death. Concerning the reign of Jovian and how the Church became glorious : and how the holy Athanasius returned to his throne with great honour: and the Church everywhere was conspicuously in the orthodox faith. the Heracleotis, the gates of the great river of Egypt which he had caused to be made with excessive labour. And he ruled over the Canaanites and built on Golgotha a city named Zion, i.e. It is told that in the time of Joshua the son of Nun, a king named Ogyges ruled over Attica, and that there was a great deluge in that country only. And after the deluge in Attica, the sovereignty passed into the hands of the Athenians. And there ruled there a man named Elwates and he established the (common) meal as a legal institution. And he was also the first to ordain that all men should take as their wives young virgins and name them spouses: and that they should dig a fountain in a hidden place in order to cause milk to spring (from the earth) in abundance as a visible stream. Now before his reign the women of Attica and the Athenians lived in unclean intercourse and male was joined to male. And the people (of the Hellespont) had a king named Cyzicus. And in the days of Constantine, the greatest and most illustrious of Christian emperors, the servant of Jesus Christ, when he first established the seat of empire in Byzantium, that is in Rome, he came to the Sosthenium to close the temple of the idols to be found there. And when he saw the statue which was in it, he at once recognized that it was the statue of an angel. 1, It is said touching the holy nails which were found in the cross of our Saviour Jesus Christ and with which his holy body was nailed, that the holy, Godloving Constantine took one of them and fixed it in the saddle of his horse; and the second he made into a bit for his horse; and the third he cast into the pass of Chalcedon. For they were in grievous danger till by means of this holy nail the waves of the sea, yea all the waves of the ocean, were quieted. And the empire made itself strong in the city of Constantine. And Cyrus had his adversary Croesus suspended on a tree, and the rest of his army he humiliated and shamed. As for the Jews and their king he sent them off that they might return to their own country as he had promised to Daniel the prophet. And when Cyrus returned into Persia, he settled all the affairs of his government and appointed his son Cambyses to be king over Persia and Babylon.

And how the ocean tide rose to Alexandria to such a height that it would have submerged the city had not the holy Athanasius the patriarch checked it by his prayers. Concerning the reign of the Godloving Theodosius the elder : and the address which he pronounced before Amphilochius bishop of Iconium on the unity of the Holy Trinity. And there was a man named Seruch of the race of Japhet, the son of Noah. He appears to have been the first of those who worshipped idols through the influence of Satan. Salem, a name which being interpreted means in the language of the Hebrews 'the city of peace'. And he ruled over it one hundred and thirteen years and died, having preserved his chastity and righteousness as the wise Josephus, the historian, has written in the beginning of his work on the history of the Jews. For he was the first (to offer) sacrifices to the God of heaven and bloodless oblations of bread and wine in the likeness of the holy mysteries of our Lord Jesus Christ ; as David has sung, saying : 'Thou art His priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.' Hebrews from Heber, from whom Abraham, the chosen vessel, was descended. And when the rebels against God built the tower and laboured in vain in their impious designs, Heber indeed refused to join with them : he alone preserved without wavering his loyalty to God. And when the confusion of tongues took place, Heber alone was not deprived of his speech in its integrity and perfectness. And his successors guarded the language of angels which Adam spoke. There was a man named Hesiod of the race of Japhet, the son of Noah. He invented Greek letters and was the first to teach them. It is told that there was in the times of the kings of the country in Lydia a certain philosopher descended from the children of the giants who were of the race of Japhet, named Endymion. He, it is told, prayed in secret to the Moon, and they say that he learnt from the Moon in a vision the name of God. And when he went one day , he heard the sacred name and thereupon he gave up the ghost and died and rose not again. And his body is preserved unto this day in the city of Lydia , and any one can see it once a year when they open the coffin in which it is. And the king himself perished and the inhabitants of that country. And it became a desert and no man dwelt therein for two hundred and six years, Egypt, in the days of Petissonius, that is, Pharaoh Amosius, king of Egypt, who ruled by the help of the book of the magicians Jannes and Jambres, who wrought shameful things before the mighty Moses, who talked with Godfor this reason, they say, they were not willing to let the children of Israel go after the signs and the wonders which were wrought by his staff, 'He who is in heaven, the Immortal, the First: before whom the heavens quake and likewise the earth and all the seas fear, and the Satans are affrighted and but a few angels stand; for He is the creator of powers and measures.' 4. So the Greeks (have recounted) this saying that on account of this he ascended to heaven and that what had been in heaven was in his heart. And Deucalion, moreover, wrote a detailed history of what had happened in the days of the deluge and the strange events (of that time). And they were like beasts : each lusted (after the other) and none had a woman to himself; but they ravished with wicked violence as we have already recounted. And they knew not their own offspring, either their male or female. In the days of the Judges also there arose in Phrygia a philosopher named Marsyas. He was the first to play upon the flute and the horn and the drum (? And he deafened the ears of men and made himself out to be a god, saying : 'I have found food for man by means of a small member.' 3. And in those days also lived the hero Heracles and the Argonauts, the people that were with Jason. And they attacked and slew the king Cyzicus without knowing it. And when they learned (this), they were grieved; for they were all his kinsmen (and he was sprung) from their country. And after they had attacked Cyzicus, who was called the lord of the seven images, and won the victory named its name Rhea, which is by interpretation, mother of the gods. It is told (further) that they went to the place of those who announced (oracles) and to the seat of the elders and asked one of them, saying: 'Prophesy to us, O prophet, servant of Apollo, of what nature this building will be and to whom shall it belong.' 6. And fearing the wrath of this man, they fled to a very desolate extremity of the coast. And they saw a mighty portent from heaven which resembled a man with great wings on his shoulders after the likeness of a very terrible eagle. And it said unto them: 'When ye fight with Amyous ye will overcome.' And when they heard these words from the apparition which they saw, they took courage and fought and overcame him and slew him. And they honoured that place where they had seen the mighty figure, and they built there a temple and they placed in it a statue resembling the apparition they had seen. And they named this temple Sosthenium because they had sought refuge there and were saved. And as his thoughts were troubled with doubts he prayed and besought our Lord Jesus Christ in whom he trusted, saying: 'Make me to know, O Lord, whose image this is.' 11. Having learnt that it was he who had sent people to fight Amycus the emperor caused this temple to be adorned and commanded them to turn it to the east and [commanded them] to consecrate it in the name of the archangel Michael. And numerous miracles were wrought in this (temple) through healings of the sick. Now in the days of Zeno the empire had had its seat in Rome. And in the days of Samson the last of the Judges, Lapathus ruled in the land 2. And at that epoch there reigned in Hellas a king whose name was Pelops. After this man the Hellenes called the kingdom Peloponnesian by his name unto this day.3. And he was a bad man, and he rejected the wisdom of his father and the worship of the Lord God. And Apries moreover was king of Egypt and dwelt in the city of Thebes and in Memphis and in two (other) cities, Muhil and Sufiru. And in those days, in consequence of the intrigues of the neighbouring peoples Cambyses sent to Jerusalem and gave orders (to his officers) to restrain them (the Jews) from rebuilding the sanctuary of God. And afterwards he made an expedition to Egypt with a great (and) innumerable army of horse and foot from Media. And the inhabitants of Syria and Palestine got ready to oppose him (but in vain), and he destroyed not a few but many cities of the Jews, for he was supreme over all the world. And in the pride of (his) heart he changed his name and named himself Nebuchadnezzar.

And concerning Arcadius' love of God and the devotion of Honorius. These trees, moreover, are planted to the present day in memory of his name. And for this reason they fled for refuge into the city Sais, because it was a strong city and its fortifications stronger than those of the others. And Cambyses attacked this city a second time and carried it.

And concerning the revolt which Alaric raised in the city of Rome. Heracles, a philosopher of the city of Tyre, discovered the art of making silk and clothed himself (with it), 2. And the Persians were Assyrians at that time, and he reigned over them all during fifty and three years. And there was a great commotion and a hissing and much rain, and the river in Syria, named Orontes, was quickly filled. (And) he urged the Ionians offered supplications there fell from heaven a globe of fire in the likeness of lightning. And the people became still and ceased to be indignant, and the flowings of the river were stayed. And as Perseus was surprised at what had befallen, forthwith from that lire he kindled a fire and preserved it. And this fire he took and brought to Persia on his return and placed it in the kingdom of Assyria. And the Persians made it a god and honoured it and built it a temple and named it 'The immortal fire'. And they say that fire is a son of the Sun enveloped in crystal, and the form of the crystal resembles the cotton tree (? Inachus of the race of Japhet, the son of Noah, who ruled in the west over the country of the Argives, was the first to rule over that country. And he captured all the other cities of lower Egypt towards the north to the sea coast and plundered them of all their possessions and destroyed their cities and neighbourhoods and burnt their houses with fire and left neither man nor beast living. And he cut down their trees and destroyed their plantations and made the land of Egypt a desert.

And how they dragged the heathen woman through the streets till she died. Now he was lame; (for) when going to war he fell from (his) horse and was injured and was lame all his days. The name of the one was Ada and the name of the other was Zillah. And Ada bare Qabel and after some time she bare Tobel who wielded the hammer in working brass and iron. And Tobel the son of Lamech was a brass and iron smith before the deluge; for he had received wisdom from God Praise be to Him. And they crossed to the opposite bank belonging to the city Ahif, and they destroyed Phile as they had done the other cities. And they turned back to the cities and provinces which still remained, and they ravaged them and burned them with fire till all the land of Egypt became a desert and there was no longer found in it a moving creature, neither a man nor even a bird of the air. Then Elkad king of Egypt devised another plan, he and all that had not been annihilated by the Persians.

And how Alexandria was deemed worthy to receive the body of St. But his father was an idolater and his mother likewise. He was the first to teach the arts of playing on the harp and lyre . And Cyrus, in accordance with his duty to God, heaped benefits upon Israel and sent them back (to their own country). Now Croesus went out with a great army to war against the provinces of Cyrus.

John the Baptist, that it might dwell there and a magnificent building might be. Valentinian) and his hatred of iniquity and his just and equitable judgement : and his construction of stone gates, i.e. And Melchizedek was found to be holy though of Gentile origin, and he served God and was chaste (and) without sin. And Holy Scripture declares him to be without father and mother because he was not of the family of Abraham. And he hated his father's gods and made himself a priest of the living God. He was descended from the race of Sidus, son of (Egyptus) the king of Egypt and Nubia, on whose account the Egyptians are (so) called. And this holy man used to reprove his father and his mother for their idolatry. And afterwards he fled away and became priest of the living God as has been recounted. And having crossed the river of Cappadocia in order to slay Cyrus, Cyrus put him to shame and he was not able to escape secretly because of the river confronting him. Indeed when Croesus came to this river, a large multitude of his soldiers were speedily overwhelmed (in it); but he himself was not able to cross; for God had delivered him into Cyrus's hands by this means. And Cyrus's soldiers pursued him and took him alive and seized him and put him in chains, and slew of his army 40,000 men.

These accounts of the primitive events which are past and gone (the author) has put together from the chronicles of primitive generations: i.e. the holy baptism, and his marvellous death : and in what way the Indians came to know our Lord Jesus Christ, one God. He belongs to the captivity of the children of Israel. Now Darius used to do nothing without his counsel, and every thing that he declared to him (beforehand) was accomplished.' 7.

(the events) from Adam to Tw (=Dido) who reigned over the Greeks and over Africa, and from the time of Rmns (? For the holy Athanasius, the apostolic, was the first to ordain for them a bishop of India and of Yemen. a bridge on the river named Pyramus: and the disaster at Nicaea, and the appearance of the holy cross at midday on Golgotha in the place where our Lord was crucified. And he commanded his soldiers, the cavalry and foot-soldiers, and all the Persians to cast earth into the arm of the sea which surrounded it. And they filled it with earth till the water of the sea dried up and (the strait) became as land. And at the time of the Captivity which took place through Nebuchadnezzar he was commanded to do so by God and a force of angels was given to him before Nebuchadnezzar had come and burnt the sanctuary of God with fire, Jeremiah, a prophet great among the prophets and a lover of that which is good, went into the second chamber which is called the Holy of Holies, and took the ark of God which was covered with gold, without and within, i. the tables of the law, and the golden box of manna, and Aaron's rod which bore almonds, and the stone from the hard rock, from which Moses had given the people to drink when they thirsted. And, moreover, Moses the prophet carried this stone as he went before the people in their journey through the wilderness, according to the commandment of God. And as often as the people thirsted, he cast it upon the earth and smote it with the rod, and water came forth and the people were satisfied and all the cattle. And Jeremiah took those objects and the stone, and went hastily to the rock and hid them there until this day. And on the second coming of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who will be preceded by the sign of the cross, this ark borne by angels will appear, and Moses also who made it will come and Jeremiah who hid it in the rock. When the dead shall rise, the sign of the cross will appear and after it our Lord Jesus Christ who was crucifiedglory be unto Him. And these words are to be found in the teaching of S. Cyrus the Persian overcame Astyages and Cyrus became king . And when Cyrus heard these words he sent to Daniel the prophet and had him brought with honour, and he asked him and said unto him : 'Shall I conquer Croesus or not? But he was silent and did not speak for the space of an hour.

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