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This moment quantity concentrates at the West from the time of Constantine's conversion, whilst the the Church was once starting to make a global of its personal, and it pursues the Church's heritage during this global of its making to the top of the 13th century, whilst the excessive element used to be reached and a brand new secular order was once already showing.

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1 So far the controversy had progressed along the accustomed lines, according to the normal procedure in cases of a charge of heresy. If progress was slow that was but natural, considering the distance which separated the protagonists. But now, in 417, there came into the affair, to add very much to its complexity, the old trouble of eccksiastical politics, of episcopal ambitions and jealousies. The death of the pope (March 12, 417) was its opportunity. The new pope, Zosimus, was, for some reason or other, very much under the influence of Proclus, Bishop of Aries, the city which was, at the moment, the most important city of the Western Empire, the seat of government of the day's one strong man, the future Emperor Constantius III.

Of this empire Treves became the capital, and still at Treves was the bishop who was Priscillian's chief enemy—Ithacus, a man of loose life, worldly, ambitious and, as the enemy of the bishop who had found protectors at the court of Milan, likely to find a favourable hearing with the victorious Maximus. Maximus was sufficiently won round by Ithacus' charges to order that Priscillian and a like-minded colleague, Instantius, should be arrested and tried at Bordeaux by a council of bishops. Instantius was deposed, but Priscillian, refusing a trial, appealed from the bishops to the emperor.

To Rome are now left only the churches of the civil diocese of Rome. Milan, it might seem, was to be an imperially created rival to Rome in the West as Constantinople was about to become in the East. But when the end of Auxentius' long episcopate (355-374) came, he was succeeded by the most eloquent defender of the Roman Supremacy the Church had yet known, St. Ambrose (374-397); also, within seven years of that 1 The relations of Rome with the churches of the East during these centuries are the subject of the greater part of Vol.

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