Roman Emperors Decree Monks Must Live in Desert or Other Uninhabited Place

Roman Emperors Decree Monks Must Live in Desert or Other Uninhabited Place

Emperor Arcadius
Source: portableantiquities

Roman Emperors Valentinian II, Theodosius I, and Arcadius decree that monks must live in the desert of some other uninhabited place.

This law states:

"If anyone is found in the profession of monks, they will be forced to seek out and to inhabit desert places and desolate solitudes." [CTh 16.3.1]

Not everyone who enters service in the Christian church is necessarily doing so out of a sincere commitment to their chosen profession. Sometimes, they require a bit of extra encouragement from the government to do what they are supposed to be doing.

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