Roman Emperors Forbid Use of Corporal Punishment During Lent

Roman Emperors Forbid Use of Corporal Punishment During Lent

Emperor Valentinian II
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Roman Emperors Valentinian II, Theodosius I, and Arcadius forbid the use of corporal punishment during Lent.

This new law states:

"On the consecrated days of the Quadragesima, during which time the absolution of souls is awaited, there must be no corporal punishment." [CTh 9.35.5]

It's common for the Christian emperors of Rome to forbid various punishments during Easter or Lent. No holidays of any other religions get this sort of treatment.


Emperors of Rome: Valentinian II

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