Sunday, June 22, 2008

Condemned to bread

I was checking out this website that has a timeline of the decrees of various Roman Emperors in respect to religion at (http://www.fourthcentury.com/index.htm?http&&&www.fourthcentury.com/Theodosian/CTh16.htm). On September 27, 365, in the time before Christianity became compulsory, but after it was being officially promoted, I find a decree from the Christian Valentinian I:

"No one may leave the bread-making profession to become a Christian clergyman. Anyone found to have done such must return to his profession."

I agree. What could be more imporant than baked goods?

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