Emperor Theodosius II, declares (8th June) that the Religion of the Gentiles is nothing more than "demon worship" and orders all those who persist in practicing it to be punished by imprisonment and tortured.
Emperor Theodosius II
On 14th November, a new edict by Theodosius II orders the deat penalty for all "heretics" and “pagans” of the Empire. Only Judaism is considered a legal non-christian Religion.
Theodosius II issues an new edict (31st January) against the Gentiles, incriminating their "idolatry" as the reason for a recent plague!
448 Theodosius II orders all non-Christian books burned.
A new edict by Theodosius II (4th November) emphasizes that "idolatry" is to be punished by death.
"Emperor Theodosius II decreed, "... we order that all [pagan] shrines, temples, sanctuaries, if any even now remain intact, should be destroyed by the magistrates' command and that these should be purified by the placing of the venerable Christian religion's sign [the Cross]." [Freeman, 2009, 144]
The death penalty was decreed for permitting or practicing pagan rites. [Engh, 92]"