Translated by Rev. Arthur Cushman McGiffert, Ph.D.
Under the editorial supervision of Philip Schaff, D.D., LL.D., Professor of Church History in the Union Theological Semimary, New York, and Henry Wace, D.D., Principal of King's College, London
Published in 1890 by Philip Schaff, New York: Christian Literature Publishing Co.
Introduction.In this seventh book of the Church History, the great bishop of Alexandria, Dionysius,  shall again assist us by his own words; relating the several affairs of his time in the epistles which he has left. I will begin with them.
Footnotes On Dionysius, see especially Bk. VI. chap. 40, note 1.
Chapter I.--The Wickedness of Decius and Gallus.When Decius had reigned not quite two years,  he was slain with his children, and Gallus succeeded him. At this time Origen died, being sixty-nine years of age.  Dionysius, writing to Hermammon,  speaks as follows of Gallus:  "Gallus neither recognized the wickedness of Decius, nor considered what had destroyed him; but stumbled on the same stone, though it lay before his eyes. For when his reign was prosperous and affairs were proceeding according to his mind, he attacked the holy men who were interceding with God for his peace and welfare. Therefore with them he persecuted also their prayers in his behalf." So much concerning him.
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