Κοσμάς ο Ινδικοπλεύστης, Χριστιανική τοπογραφία /
Cosmas Indicopleustes, The Christian topography,
WINSTEDT (1909), 2.113B.
The empire of the Romans thus participates in the dignity of the Kingdom of the Lord Christ, seeing that it transcends, as far as can be in this state of existence, every other power, and will remain unconquered until the final consummation, for he says that it shall not be destroyed for ever. Now, if that expression for ever be taken as applying to the Lord Christ, it signifies endless duration, in accordance with what Gabriel also says to the Virgin: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his Kingdom there shall be no end. If again the expression be taken as applying to the Roman empire which made its appearance in the world along with Christ, this shall not be destroyed while this world continues. For I assert with confidence, that though, by way of chastisement for our sins, hostile barbarians rise up for a short while against the Roman dominion, yet that by the valour of him who governs us the empire will continue to be invincible, provided it does not restrict but widens the influence of Christianity. I say so because this imperial family believed in Christ before the others, and this empire is the servant of the dispensation established by Christ, on which account he, who is the Lord of all, preserves it unconquered till the final consummation.
John Watson McCrindle,
Κοσμά Αιγυπτίου Μοναχού Χριστιανική Τοπογραφία =
The Christian topography of Cosmas, an Egyptian monk *,
London: Hakluyt Society 1897,