Constantius II

Roman emperor (317-361)

Flavius Julius Constantius (7 August 317 – 3 November 361), known as Constantius II, was Roman Emperor from 337 to 361. The second son of Constantine I and Fausta, he ascended to the throne with his brothers Constantine II and Constans upon their father's death.

Bust of Constantius II



Codex Theodosianus



  • Pagan superstition and sacrifices are completely forbidden, in accord with the law set forth by Constantine.
    • CT 16.10.2 released 341
  • Pagan temples are to be closed; access to them is denied, and violators face capital punishment. The property of a violator will be given to the state treasury. Governors who fail to carry out this punishment will be punished.
    • CT 16.10.4 released 1 December 346
  • Those guilty of idolatry or pagan sacrifices must suffer capital punishment.
    • CT 16.10.6 released 20 February 356
  • Constantius declares a curse on those who perform the magic arts and thereby “jeopardize the lives of innocent persons.”
    • CT 9.16.5 released 4 December 356
  • Anyone who consults a soothsayer on account of curiosity of the future will suffer capital punishment.
    • CT 9.16.4 released 25 June 357
  • Even a high-ranking man convicted of wizardry will face torture.
    • CT 9.16.6 released 5 July 357
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