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The Life Of The Blessed Emperor Constantine -Eusebius Pamphilus

“LASTLY, if any have wrongfully been deprived of the privileges of noble lineage, and subjected to a judicial sentence which has consigned them to the women’s apartments for weaving or spinning, there to undergo a cruel and miserable labour, or reduced them to servitude for the benefit of the public treasury, without any exemption on the ground of superior birth; let such persons, resuming the honours they had previously enjoyed, and their proper dignities, henceforward exult in the blessings of liberty, and lead a life of happiness and joy. Let the free man, too, whom the unjust and inhuman fury of his persecutors has made a slave, who has felt the sudden and mournful transition from liberty to bondage, and ofttimes bewailed his unwonted labours, return to his family once more a free man in virtue of this our ordinance, and seek those employments which befit a state of freedom: and let him dismiss from his remembrance those services which he found so oppressive, and which so ill became his condition.



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