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Chapter XXX.—Will of the blessed Emperor Constantine.

A year and a few months afterwards442442    a.d. 337. the emperor was taken ill at Nicomedia, a city of Bithynia, and, knowing the uncertainty of human life, he received the holy rite of baptism443443    At the hand of Eusebius of Nicomedia., which he had intended to have deferred until he could be baptized in the river Jordan.

He left as heirs of the imperial throne his three sons, Constantine, Constantius, and Constans444444    Vide Pedigree, in the Prolegomena. Constantine II. received Gaul, Britain, Spain, and a part of Africa: Constantius the East, and Constans Illyricum, Italy, and the rest of Africa. In 340 Constans defeated his brother, who was slain near Aquileia, and became master of the West., the youngest.

He ordered that the great Athanasius should 64return to Alexandria, and expressed this decision in the presence of Eusebius, who did all he could to dissuade him.

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