Excerpt: ...The races were to be run next day, in spite of the
general panic that had fallen on the citizens; and Dada, when he
invited her to join him and his daughter in-the enjoyment of so
great a treat, dried her eyes and accepted gleefully. CHAPTER
XVIII. Alarming as was the outlook in Alexandria, the races, were
to be held as usual. This had been decided only a few hours since
at the Bishop's palace, and criers had been sent abroad throughout
the streets and squares of the city to bid the inhabitants to this
popular entertainment. In the writing-office of the Ephemeris,
which would be given to the public the first thing in the morning,
five hundred slaves or more were occupied in writing from dictation
a list of the owners of the horses, of the 'agitatores' who would
drive them, and of the prizes offered to the winners, whether
Christians or heathen. Ephemeris-The news-sheet, which was brought
out, not only in Rome, but in all the cities of the Empire, and
which kept the citizens informed of all important events. The heat
in the Episcopal council-hall had been oppressive, and not less so
the heat of temper among the priests assembled there; for they had
fully determined, for once, not to obey their prelate with blind
submission, and they knew full well that Theophilus, on occasion,
if his will were opposed, could not merely thunder but wield the
bolt. Besides the ecclesiastical members of the council, Cynegius,
the Imperial legate-Evagrius, the Prefect-and Romanus, the
commander-in-chief and Comes of Egypt, -had all been present. The
officials of the Empire- Roman statesmen who knew Alexandria and
her citizens well, and who had often smarted under the spiritual
haughtiness of her Bishop-were on the prelate's side. Cynegius was
doubtful; but the priests, who had not altogether escaped the
alarms that had stricken the whole population, were so bold as to
declare against a too hasty decision, and to say that the
celebration of the games at a time...
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