Roman Emperors Prohibit Anyone Being Buried Within City of Constantinople Hot

Roman Emperors Prohibit Anyone Being Buried Within City of Constantinople

Emperor Gratian
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Emperors Gratian, Valentinian II, and Theodosius I prohibit anyone from being buried within the city of Constantinople. Violators will be fined a third of all their property and wealth.

This new prohibition states:

"Any bodies in urns or sarcophaguses and are kept above the ground must be taken outside the City so they will be an example of humanity.

If anyone ignores this rule, he will be fined a third part of his patrimony." [CT 9.17.6]

The emperors seem to want to keep Constantinople free of graves.

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