Theodosius I Reissues Decree Banning Legal Actions Around Easter Hot

Theodosius I Reissues Decree Banning Legal Actions Around Easter

Emperor Theodosius I

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Roman emperor Theodosius I issues a new decree repeating an earlier law from 389 banning law-related activities around the time of Easter.

This Roman law states:

"All legal actions, public or private, must be excluded from the fifteen Paschal days." [CT 2.8.21]

The holidays of other religions are not similarly protected, so if someone has a legal case they might have to choose between their religion and the law. Christians, however, are privileged enough by the Roman state that so long as they adhere to orthodox Christianity, they never have to make such a choice.


Emperors of Rome: Theodosius I

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