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Actes and Monumentes of the Churche.

to the partes of Libya, vnto a towne called Cephro. MarginaliaDionysius banished to Cephro. For that place by the cōmaundemēt of the Emperours I haue chosen for you. Neither shall it be lawfull for you, to cōuent your assemblies, or to resort, as ye are wont to your buriall places. And if any of you shall be founde out of the place, wherunto you are appointed, to your perill be it. And thinke not contrary, but ye shall be watched well inough. Departe therfore to the place as is comānded you. And it followeth more in the sayd Dionysius speaking of him selfe: And as for me (sayth he) although I was sicke, yet he vrged me so straightely to depart, that he would not geue me one dayes respite. And how (sayth he, writyng to Germanus) could I congregate, or not congregate any assemblies? And after a few lynes it followeth: And yet neither am I altogether absent from the corporall societie of the Lordes flocke, MarginaliaInfidels cōuerted by Dionysius in his banishment.
Ex Dionyso cōtra Germanum.
Euseb. Lib. 7. ca. 11.
but I haue collected them together, which were in the Citie being absent, as though I had bene present, absent in body, yet present in spirite. And in the same Cephro a great congregation remained with me, as well of those brethren which followed me out of the Citie, as also of them whiche were remainyng there out of Egypt. And there the Lord opened to me the doore of his word, although at the first entraunce I was persecuted and stoned among them, yet afterward a great number of them fell from their Idoles and were cōuerted vnto the Lord. And so by vs the word was preached to them which before were infidels: which ministerie after that we had accomplished there, the Lord remoued vs to an other place. For Æmilianus translated vs from thence to more sharpe and straighter places of Libya, commaundyng vs to meete all together at a citie Mareota, thinkyng there to separate vs seuerally into sundry villages, or thinkyng rather to take and preuent vs by the way. After we were come thether, it was assigned to me (sayth Dionysius) to go to Colluthion: which place I neuer heard of before: which was the more grief to me, yet some solace it was to me, that the brethren told me, it was neare to a Citie named Parætonium. For as my beyng at Cephron got me the acquaintaunce of many brethrē of Egypt, so my hope was that the vicinitie of that place where I should be, to the Citie, might procure the familiaritie and concourse of certaine louyng brethren, which would resort and assēble with vs, and so it came to passe. &c.

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MarginaliaEx Dionyso ad Domitium & Didimum
Eus. ibidem.
Moreouer the sayd Dionysius in his Epistle ad Domitium & Didymū, makyng mētion of thē which were afflicted in this persecutiō of Valeriā recordeth in these wordes, saying: it were superfluous (sayth he) here to recite the names particularly of all our brethren slayne in this persecutiō, which both were many, and to me vnknowen. But this is certaine, MarginaliaMartyrs of all sortes and ages. that there were men, wemen, young men, maydens, old wiues, souldiours, simple innocentes, and of all sortes & ages of men. Of whom some with scourginges & fire, some with sword, obtained victory & got the crowne. Some continued a great tyme, and yet haue bene reserued. In the which number am I, reserued hetherto to some other oportune tyme knowen vnto the Lord, whiche sayth: In the tyme accepted, I haue heard thee, and in the day of saluation I haue helped thee. &c. Now as concernyng my selfe in what state I am, if thou desire to know, first how I and Caius, and Faustus, Petrus and Paulus, beyng apprehended by the Centurion, were taken away by certaine of the towne of Mareote, I haue declared to you before. Now I and Caius, and Petrus alone ar left here included in a wast place of Libya, distāt the space of three dayes iourney from Parætonium. &c. And in processe farther he addeth: In the Citie (sayth he) were certaine priuely whiche vsed to visite the brethren: of Priestes, Maximus, Dioscorus, Demetrius, and Lucius. For they whiche were more notable in the world, Faustinus and Aquila, do wander abroad in Egypt. Of the Deacons, besides them whom sicknes hath consumed, Faustus, Eusebius, and Cheremon are yet alyue. MarginaliaCommendation of Eusebius the Deacon. Eusebius hath God raysed and styrred vp to minister to the Confessours lying in bandes, and to bury the bodyes of the blessed Martyrs, not without great peril. Neither doth the President cease yet to this day, cruelly murderyng such as be brought before him, some tearyng with tormentes, some imprisonyng and keepyng in custody, commaundyng that none should come to them, inquiryng also who resorted vnto them. Yet notwithstandyng god with chearefulnes and dayly resorte of the brethren doth comfort the afflicted. Hæc Dionysius.

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MarginaliaEusebius the Deacō made byshop of Laodicea. Concernyng these Deacons aboue recited, here is to be noted, that Eusebius afterward was made Byshop of Laodicia in Syria. MarginaliaMaximus byshop of Alexandria. Maximus the Priest aforesayd, had the ministration of the Church of Alexandria after Dionysius. MarginaliaFaustus long preserued, at last a martir. Faustus long after continued in great age, vnto the latter persecution, where he beyng a very old man at length was be-headed, and dyed Martyr.

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MarginaliaThe ende & death of Dionysius. As touchyng Dionysius him selfe, thus the stories reporte, that he suruiuyng all these troubles and persecutiōs, by the prouidence of God, continued after the death of Valerian, vnto the. xij. yeare of the raigne of Galienus, whiche was about the yeare of our Lord. 268. and so departed in peace in great age, after that he had gouerned the Churche of Alexandria the space of. xvij. yeares, & before that, had taught the schole of the sayd Citie of Alexandria, the terme of. xvj. yeares. After whom succeded Maximus, as is aboue specified. And thus much touchyng the full story of Dionysius Alexandrianus, and of other also Martyrs and Confessours of Alexandria.

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MarginaliaPriscus.
Malchus.
Alexander.
A woman,
Martyrs.
In Cesarea Palestine, suffered also the same tyme, Priscus, Malchus, and Alexander, the whiche three dwellyng in the countrey, and good men, 

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seyng the valiaunt courage of þe Christians, so boldly to venter, and constantly to stand, and paciently to suffer in this persecution, as men beyng greued with them selues, began to repent & to accuse their so great sluggishnes, and cowardly negligence, to see other so zealous and valiaunt, and them selues so cold and fayntharted, in laboryng for the crowne of Christian Martyrdome: first cōsultyng and agreyng within them selues, came to Cesarea & there steppyng to the Iudge, declared thē selues what they were, and obtained the end they came for, beyng geuē to the wilde beastes. After which like maner also and in the same Citie of Cesarea, a certaine woman, whose name Eusebius expresseth not, who had bene before of the sect of Marcion, was brought before the President, and likewise obtained the same Martyrdome. Euseb. Lib. 7. cap. 12.

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MarginaliaThree hundreth Martyrs in Carthage.
Ex specul. Vincent. lib. 11. cap. 83.
Neither was the Citie of Carthage all this while free from the stroke of this persecution, if credit should be geuen to the speculatiue glasse of Vincentius, who cityng out of Hugo, recordeth of. 300. Martyrs: of which. 300. martyrs the history sayth thus, that the President settyng before them coales and incēse to do sacrifice, by a lime kilne, which was there neare at hand, offered vnto them this condition, either to set incense to the coales, for sacrifice to Iupiter, or els to go into the furnace of lyme: whereupon they altogether with a generall motion sodenly rushed into the kilne, and there with the dusty smoke of the lyme were smothered. Vincent. Erford.

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MarginaliaMaxima,
Donatilla,
Secunda.
virgins, martirs.
In Aphrica also in the citie Tuburba, the sayd Vincentius out of the Martyrologe inferreth mention of three constaunt virgins, Maxima, Donatilla, and Secunda, who in the persecution of this Valerian and Galienus, first had geuen for their drinke vineger and gaule, thē with scourges were tried, after that vpon the gibbet were tormēted, and rubbed with lyme: then were scorched vpon þe fiery gridyrō, at last were cast to the wilde beastes, who beyng not touched of thē, finally with the sword were beheaded. Vincent. Erford.

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MarginaliaPontius, Martyr. In Symela a Citie in Italie, vnder the Alpes, one Pōtius beyng there apprehended, by the commaundement of Claudius the President, was hanged first vpon the racke, then was cast to the wilde beasts, of whom he beyng nothyng hurt, was after committed to the fire. And finally neither touched therewith (if the story of Vincētius be true) was headed by the riuers side, and his bodye throwne into the flood, where immediatly the same houre, the foresayd Claudius, with his assistant Anabius, were takē with the wicked spirites, by whom they were so miserably vexed, that they byt of their tounges, and dyed. MarginaliaEx Vincent. Lib 12. cap. 77.
Ex Bergomē. lib. 8.
Erford. lib. 6. cap. 17.

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MarginaliaZenon, Martyr. Zenon also Byshop of Verona, is sayd also in the same persecution to sustaine Martyrdome.

MarginaliaBergomensis reproued.

Moreouer, in the same Citie of Alexandria aforesayd, Bergomensis in his. 8. booke, writyng of the story of Valerianus Emperour, maketh mention of Philippus, Bishop of the sayd sea of Alexādria, who (as he sayth) was vnder the sayd Valerian beheaded. But that is not to be founde in any approued story, nor stādeth with the truth of tyme that any such Philip then was Byshop of Alexandria, or any other, except onely Dionysius. After whom next succeeded Maximus, who remained. xviij. yeares, and after him Theonas. &c. So that by the auncient recordes of old writers it appeareth not that Philippus or any other of that name was Byshop of Alexandria, duryng this tyme signified by Bergomensis.

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MarginaliaEx Antoni. part. 1. cap. 6. Although in some other later writers, as Equilinus, Antoninus, and Bergomensis, I finde a certaine history of one Philippus President of Alexandria about the same tyme of Valerian and Galienus, elected by the Emperour and Senate of Rome, to gouerne those quarters, where he was at length conuerted to the Christian fayth, and after made Priest or Byshop, as they say, of Alexandria, but that not to be so, the testimony of auncient writers doth refell. The history of this Philippus witnessed in our later Chronicles

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