Constantine and the Problem of Anti-Pagan Legislation in the Fourth Century

  title={Constantine and the Problem of Anti-Pagan Legislation in the Fourth Century},
  author={Scott Bradbury},
  journal={Classical Philology},
  pages={120 - 139}
  • S. Bradbury
  • Published 1 April 1994
  • History
  • Classical Philology
A LTHOUGH CONSTANTINE'S ATTITUDES and policies toward his fellow Christians emerge clearly enough from his correspondence, speeches, and legislation, his policies toward the pagan majority remain ambiguous and elusive. No aspect of Constantine's attitude toward pagans has proven more controversial than the claim that he legally banned blood sacrifices in the empire. The issue is of obvious importance to the religious history of the fourth century, since sacrifices were the central ritual act of… 
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1.27; 30 passim
    ), a rather shaky foundation. Constans was emperor in the West until his death in 350. Hence, both of these laws were issued from his consistory (if the date 346 is retained)
    • The addressee Taurus was Praetorian Prefect from 355 to 361. Mommsen retained 346
    • 1972