XXXVI. TERTULLLIAN, Apol. 32.
Christians not disloyal
Est et alia maior necessitas nobis orandi pro imperatoribus, etiam pro omni statu imperii rebusque Romanis qui vim maximam universo orbi imminentem, ipsamque clausulam seculi acerbitates horrendas comminantem Romani imperii commeatu scimus retardari. Ita quae nolumus experiri, ea dum precamur differri, Romanae diuturnitati favemus. Sed et iuramus, sicut non per genios Caesarum ita per salutem eorum, quae est augustior omnibus geniis. Nescitis genios daemonas dici, et inde diminutiva voce daemonia? Nos iudicium dei suspicimus in imperatoribus qui gentibus illos praefecit.
We are under another and a greater need of praying for the emperors, and further for the good estate of the Empire and the interests of Rome, knowing as we do that a mighty shock impending over the entire world and the end of the age itself with the fearful calamities it threatens are delayed by the respite which the Roman Empire gives. Thus when we pray for those things to be put off which we do not wish ourselves to experience, we are in favour of the long endurance of Rome. Furthermore, even as we do not swear by the genii of the Caesars, so we do swear by their health, which is more august than all the genii. Do you not know that the genii are called daemones, and thence by the diminutive word daemonia? We in the emperors look up to the judgement of God, who has set them over the nations.
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