Emperor Theodosius II

435 Theodosius II Ordered All Pagan Shrines Destroyed

Submitted by RWMaster on Sun, 12/04/2016 - 07:20

"Emperor Theodosius II decreed, "... we order that all [pagan] shrines, temples, sanctuaries, if any even now remain intact, should be destroyed by the magistrates' command and that these should be purified by the placing of the venerable Christian religion's sign [the Cross]." [Freeman, 2009, 144]

The death penalty was decreed for permitting or practicing pagan rites. [Engh, 92]"