Roman Emperors Forbid Destruction of Ornamentation on Public Buildings

Roman Emperors Forbid Destruction of Ornamentation on Public Buildings


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Roman emperors Arcadius and Honorius forbid the destruction of ornamentation on public buildings.

This decree says:

"We forbid pagan sacrifices, but it is Our will that the ornaments of public works must be preserved.

Anyone who tries to to destroy such works, will not be able to claim that they are acting on any authority and cannot produce any rescript or any law as his defense." [CTh 16.10.15]

It appears that Christians have gotten overzealous in following the decree issued just over a week ago which banned pagan sacrifices and authorized removing images from pagan temples.


Istanbul — Through the Column of Arcadius

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