Emperors Decree that Heretics Who Disturb the Peace Will Be Guilty of Treason

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Roman emperors Valentinian II, Theodosius I, and Arcadius decree that anyone from dissident sects who gather together and foment demonstrations against the emperor or disturb the peace of the church will be found guilty of treason and face execution.

This imperial decree states:

"If those who pretend that a right of assembly has been granted to them alone try to provoke agitation against the regulation of Our Tranquillity, as authors of sedition and as disturbers of the peace of the Church, they will pay the penalty of high treason with their lives and blood." [CTh 16.4.1]
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