1 This edict is cited by Sozomen 5. 15. Bostra, or Bosra. was one of the largest fortified cities in Arabia and is described by Ammianus 14. 8. 13 as murorum firmitatecautissima.
2 Constantius persecuted Christians who did not belong to the Arian sect.
For this see Sozomen 5. 5.
1 i. e. for others. Julian no longer allowed legacies to be left to churches; cf. 3. 1. 3. The clergy and especially the bishops had exercised certain civil functions ofwhich Julian deprived them, and they lost the immunity from taxation that had been granted by Christian emperors. For this cf. Sozomen 5. 5.
2 Literally " cable," a proverb.
Cf. "add fuel to fire."
1 So far the edict has a general character and may have been sent out broadcast. The last paragraph is apparently added as a special instruction to the citizens ofBostra, and especially to the Christians, whom he incites against their bishop.
2 Julian's advice was not followed, since Socrates, 3. 25, mentions Titus as bishop of Bostra under the Emperor Jovian in 363.
1 Sozomen 5. 5 and 15 seems to be an echo of Julian.
2 So Julian styles Christ and the martyrs; cf. 335b; Vol. 2, 361b.
3 that they are in evil case.
4 For Christianity a disease cf. Vol. 2, 229d, and below, p. 207.


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