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Celibacy was made the primal virtue.Effects of this upon

moral teaching
Gloomy hue imparted to religion
Strong assertion of freewill
Depreciation of the qualities that accompany a strong physical

temperament
Destruction of the domestic virtues.-Inhumanity of saints to

their relations .
Encouraged by leading theologians
Later instances of the same kind

Extreme theological animosity.
Decline of the Civic Virtues

History of the relations of Christianity to patriotism
Influence of the former in hastening the fall of the Empire
Permanent difference between ancient and modern societies in

the matter of patriotism
Influence of this change on moral philosophy

Historians exaggerate the importance of civic virtues

General Moral Condition of the Byzantine Empire

Stress laid by moralists on trivial matters .

Corruption of the clergy

Childishness and vice of the populace

The better aspects of the Empire

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