Emperor Constantius II Says Women Weavers Lured Away by Jews Can Return

Emperor Constantius II Says Women Weavers Lured Away by Jews Can Return

Emperor Constantius II
Source: Mary Harrsch

Emperor Constantius II issues a decree permitting weaving women who had been lured away from imperial service by Jews to return without being punished. Henceforth, Jews who try to do this again will have the death penalty imposed on them.

Constantius II says:

"Women who were formerly employed in Our imperial weaving establishment and who have been led by Jews to associating with their turpitude can be restored to the weaving establishment.

Jews must not hereafter unite Christian women to their villainy; if they do so, they will be subject to the penalty of capital punishment." [CTh 16.8.6]

Although this decree appears to be aimed at Jews as Jews, it's more likely that it's aimed at Jews who are competing with a government-owned business.

Just as the Roman emperors pass laws to give Christianity advantages over other religions, this decree appears to be aimed at giving imperial weaving houses advantages over Jewish-owned weaving houses.

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