The Historiae adversum Paganos was undertaken at the suggestion of Augustine, to whom it is dedicated.
Its scanty nomenclature is almost wholly derived from the " Historiae adversum paganos " of Paulus Orosius (418).
"I was not swaddled and rocked and dandled into a legislator," wrote Burke when very near the end of his days: "Nitor in adversum is the motto for a man like me.
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