Emperor Constantius II Decrees Pagan Temples be Preserved for Public Use

Emperor Constantius II Decrees Pagan Temples be Preserved for Public Use

Emperor Constantius II
Source: Mary Harrsch

Emperor Constantius II decrees that even though pagan practices are no longer permitted, temples should be preserved for the sake of public festivals and circuses.

Constantius' law says:

"All pagan superstitions must be eradicated, but the temples outside the walls should remain untouched and uninjured. Certain plays, spectacles of the circus, and contests derive their origin from some of these temples, therefore the structures must not be torn down so that regular performance of long established amusements may continue for the Roman people." [CTh 16.10.3]

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Emperors of Rome: Constantius II

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