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The Sixth Age

treaties the Romans again fly to their aid, and routing the enemy drive them beyond the seas; and then in conjunction with the Britons they build a wall from sea the to sea The Roman wall, between two towns, which had been built there from fear of the enemy, and they construct it not as before of earth and sand, but of solid stone. They also build towers at intervals along the southern coast, because an enemy was to be apprehended from that quarter also;Final Departure of the Romans
[A.D. 426.]
after which bidding their allies farewell, they depart to return no more.}}

Boniface, bishop of Rome, made an Oratory in the cemetery of St. Felicitas, and beautified her sepulchre and that of St. Silvanus. Death of St. Jerome. Jerome, the presbyter, died in the twelfth year of Honorius, on the day before the calends of October, in the 91st year of his age.

A.M. 4403 [452].

Theodosius the younger, and Valentinan.Theodosius the younger, son of Arcadius, reigned 56 years. Valentinian the younger, son of Constantius, is made emperor at Ravenna. [The celebrated Codex Theodosianus.]Placidia, his mother, is styled Augusta. A fierce people, composed of Vandals, Alans, and Goths, passing from Spain into Africa, desolated the whole province with fire, sword, and rapine, and moreover carried with them the infection of Arian impiety; Death of St. Augustine
[A.D. 430.]
but Saint Augustine, bishop of Hippo, whose instruction had been a blessing to all the churches, did not witness the ruin of his city, for he departed to the Lord in the third month of the siege, on the 5th of the calends of September, in the 76th year of his age, having been either presbyter or bishop nearly 40 years. The Vandals[1] at the same time took Carthage, and devastated Sicily : this capture is mentioned by Paschasinus, prelate of Lilybseum, in a letter which he wrote to Pope Leo on the manner of keeping Easter. The Scots having been converted to the faith. Pope
  1. See Procopius de Bello Vaudal. Lib. I. Cap. 5.