Sept. 22, 384

“Prohibition of the Possession and Conversion of Christian Slaves by Jews” Issued by Emperors Gratian, Valentinian II, and Theodosius I [Holy Roman Empire; Present-day Italy]: “No Jew shall purchase a Christian slave nor corrupt one who is a Christian with Jewish rites. But if public inquiry has discovered that this has been done, then the slave should be rescued and such masters shall be liable to fitting and proper punishment for their crime, with this in addition, that, if any former Christian slaves or Christians who have become Jews are found among the Jews, they shall be rescued from this unworthy servitude after a proper price has been paid by the Christians.” [Editor’s note: Author’s footnote dates this law in 384 as Theodosian code 3.1.5]
“The Persecution of the Jews in the Roman Empire (300-428).” James Everett Seaver. 1952, Page 48; Accessed online 8/2/2011 ADD RESEARCHER/DATE