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23 June 318
Constantine Gives Christians Right to Take Legal Cases to Bishops

Constantine Gives Christians Right to Take Legal Cases to Bishops

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31 January 320

Emperor Constantine Repeals Law Punishing Celibacy

26 May 320
Emperor Constantine the Great Declares Christian Priests Exempt From Taxes

Emperor Constantine the Great Declares Christian Priests Exempt From Taxes

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3 March 321
Roman Emperor Constantine Names Sunday as the Day of Rest

Roman Emperor Constantine Names Sunday as the Day of Rest

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18 April 321
Emperor Constantine Makes Freed Slaves Roman Citizens

Emperor Constantine Makes Freed Slaves Roman Citizens

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3 July 321
Constantine Decrees Anyone Can Leave Property to Catholic Church

Constantine Decrees Anyone Can Leave Property to Catholic Church

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25 July 325
First Council of Nicaea Ends, Creates the Nicene Creed

First Council of Nicaea Ends, Creates the Nicene Creed

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25 December 325
Constantine the Great Decrees Christians can't be Forced to Take Part in Pagan Religions

Constantine the Great Decrees Christians can't be Forced to Take Part in Pagan Religions

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25 July 326
Constantine Refuses to Participate in Traditional Pagan Sacrifices

Constantine Refuses to Participate in Traditional Pagan Sacrifices

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13 August 339
Emperor Constantius II Says Women Weavers Lured Away by Jews Can Return

Emperor Constantius II Says Women Weavers Lured Away by Jews Can Return

22 August 354
Emperor Constantius II Decrees Standard Penalty for Rape of Consecrated Virgins

Emperor Constantius II Decrees Standard Penalty for Rape of Consecrated Virgins

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23 September 355
Roman Emperors Order No Bishop be Made to Appear Before Secular Judges

Roman Emperors Order No Bishop be Made to Appear Before Secular Judges

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10 November 356
Christian Church Privileges Reaffirmed by Roman Emperors

Christian Church Privileges Reaffirmed by Roman Emperors

28 December 356
Clergy Plus Their Wives and Children Given Permanent Tax Exemption by Constantius II and Julian

Clergy Plus Their Wives and Children Given Permanent Tax Exemption by Constantius II and Julian

18 January 360

Emperor Constantius II Decrees that Only Catholic Churches Can Be Exempt from Taxes

15 January 365

Emperors Decree that Christians Cannot be Sentenced to the Arena

17 November 365
Roman Emperors Decree Christians Don't Have to Perform Services in Pagan Temples

Roman Emperors Decree Christians Don't Have to Perform Services in Pagan Temples

6 June 368
Emperors Decree Prisoners Guilty of Minor Crimes be Pardoned for Easter

Emperors Decree Prisoners Guilty of Minor Crimes be Pardoned for Easter

30 March 370
Roman Law Exempts Women Dedicated to Christian Service from Taxes

Roman Law Exempts Women Dedicated to Christian Service from Taxes

5 March 377
Roman Law Exempts Christian Church Leaders from Compulsory Public Service

Roman Law Exempts Christian Church Leaders from Compulsory Public Service

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22 April 378
Roman Emperors Reassert Law for Confiscating Non-Catholic Christian Worship Sites

Roman Emperors Reassert Law for Confiscating Non-Catholic Christian Worship Sites

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28 February 380
Edict of Thessalonica: Emperor Theodosius Declares Christianity Sole Religion of Roman Empire

Edict of Thessalonica: Emperor Theodosius Declares Christianity Sole Religion of Roman Empire

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27 March 380
Roman Law Suspends Criminal Trials in Days Leading Up to Easter

Roman Law Suspends Criminal Trials in Days Leading Up to Easter

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24 April 380
Roman Law: Women Exempt From Working in Theaters if they Convert to Christianity

Roman Law: Women Exempt From Working in Theaters if they Convert to Christianity

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31 March 381
Roman Law Exempts Christian Church Workers From Taxes

Roman Law Exempts Christian Church Workers From Taxes

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29 June 381
Emperor Theodosius I Declares Bishops Won't be Required to Testify in Legal Cases

Emperor Theodosius I Declares Bishops Won't be Required to Testify in Legal Cases

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28 August 381
Roman Emperors Decree Christian Actresses Can Retire From Theater Without Prejudice

Roman Emperors Decree Christian Actresses Can Retire From Theater Without Prejudice

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7 November 383
Roman Emperors Decree Any Senator Leaving Post to Serve Church Must Give Property to State

Roman Emperors Decree Any Senator Leaving Post to Serve Church Must Give Property to State

22 March 384
Roman Emperors Grant Pardons to Prisoners on Easter

Roman Emperors Grant Pardons to Prisoners on Easter

25 July 385
Roman Emperors Exempt Priests From Torture, but not the Lower Clergy

Roman Emperors Exempt Priests From Torture, but not the Lower Clergy

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22 April 386
Roman Law Releases Prisoners on Easter

Roman Law Releases Prisoners on Easter

3 November 386
Roman Emperors Prohibit Court Actions and Debt Collections on Sunday

Roman Emperors Prohibit Court Actions and Debt Collections on Sunday

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14 June 388
Emperors Forbid Heretical Sects From Having Meeting Places and Altars

Emperors Forbid Heretical Sects From Having Meeting Places and Altars

7 August 389
Roman Emperors: All Sundays and the 7 Days Before and After Easter are Holidays

Roman Emperors: All Sundays and the 7 Days Before and After Easter are Holidays

5 September 389
Roman Emperors Forbid Use of Corporal Punishment During Lent

Roman Emperors Forbid Use of Corporal Punishment During Lent

23 August 390
Roman Emperors Decree Widows May Leave Estates to Church or Clergy

Roman Emperors Decree Widows May Leave Estates to Church or Clergy

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9 June 391
Emperors Impose Civil Restrictions on People Who Profane Baptism

Emperors Impose Civil Restrictions on People Who Profane Baptism

9 April 392
Roman Law: Christian Clergy Can't Interfere in Criminal Cases

Roman Law: Christian Clergy Can't Interfere in Criminal Cases

17 April 392
Roman Law: Monks Now Allowed to Return to Their Towns

Roman Law: Monks Now Allowed to Return to Their Towns

17 April 392
Roman Law Bans Circuses on Sunday for Distracting Christians

Roman Law Bans Circuses on Sunday for Distracting Christians

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17 April 392
Roman Law: Expelled Jewish Leaders Can't be Forced Back on Community

Roman Law: Expelled Jewish Leaders Can't be Forced Back on Community

15 June 392
Emperors Levy Stiff Penalties on Ordination of Heretical Christian Clergy

Emperors Levy Stiff Penalties on Ordination of Heretical Christian Clergy

15 April 394
Roman Law: Heretics Not Permitted to Appoint or Confirm Bishops

Roman Law: Heretics Not Permitted to Appoint or Confirm Bishops

29 June 394
Emperors Forbid Christian Women and Children From Associating With Actors

Emperors Forbid Christian Women and Children From Associating With Actors

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23 March 395
Roman Emperors Renew Laws Giving Privileges to Christian Clergy

Roman Emperors Renew Laws Giving Privileges to Christian Clergy

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3 September 395
Roman Emperors Decree Those Disagreeing With Catholic Faith are Heretics

Roman Emperors Decree Those Disagreeing With Catholic Faith are Heretics

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23 March 396
Roman Emperors Ban Idolators Willing Property to Anyone But Family

Roman Emperors Ban Idolators Willing Property to Anyone But Family

21 April 396
Roman Law Requires Seizure of Property From Eunomian Heretics

Roman Law Requires Seizure of Property From Eunomian Heretics

24 April 396
Roman Law Punishes Anyone Who Insults Jewish Leaders

Roman Law Punishes Anyone Who Insults Jewish Leaders

1 April 397
Roman Law Exiles Apollinarians From Constaninople

Roman Law Exiles Apollinarians From Constaninople

 
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