The Theory of the Four Monarchies Opposition History under the Roman Empire

  title={The Theory of the Four Monarchies Opposition History under the Roman Empire},
  author={Joseph Ward Swain},
  journal={Classical Philology},
  pages={1 - 21}
A CELEBRATED passage in the Book of Daniel describes Nebuchadnezzar's dream of a statue, made of gold and silver and bronze and iron and having feet of iron mixed with clay, and of a stone which destroyed the colossus and grew until it filled the whole world. Daniel interpreted the dream as referring to four great monarchies, to be followed by a fifth which would destroy the others and itself stand forever. The idea is repeated a few chapters below in a vision of four beasts, followed by "one… Expand
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