The "empire of the Romans filled the world," recalled Edward Gibbon,
with some exaggeration. This meant that the known world became "a safe
and dreary prison" for those who had provoked the Emperor's displeasure.
There was no place that the "slave of imperial despotism" could find "a
happier climate, a secure refuge, a new fortune adequate to his merit,
[and] the freedom of complaint...."
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