... fastened the guilt and inflicted the most exquisite tortures on a class hated for their abominations, called  by the populace.
, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty... and a most mischievous superstition, thus checked for the moment, again broke out not only in , the first source of the evil, but even in , where all things hideous and shameful from every part of the world find their center and become popular.
Accordingly, an arrest was first made of all who pleaded guilty; then, upon their information, an immense multitude was convicted, not so much of the crime of firing the city, as of hatred against mankind. Mockery of every sort was added to their deaths. Covered with the skins of beasts, they were torn by dogs and perished, or were nailed to crosses, or were doomed to the flames and burnt, to serve as a nightly illumination, when daylight had expired.
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