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Penitential Canons Pertaining To Dietary Pollution

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This chapter demonstrates the replication of these canons (canons selected from various penitentials) across the corpus of penitentials: that is, the similarities in their content and oft en in their textual representations demonstrate that they are not unique to a particular collection. Animals polluted by the coitus of men are killed, their flesh thrown to the dogs; where there is doubt, they are not killed. Fish, moreover, are permitted as food, even if they are found dead, because they are of a different nature. A legitimate solidus is always 12 denarii. There are three modes in which alms of this sort may be offered: one is to leave them upon the altar of God, another is to redeem a man from servitude, that he may thereafter be free, a third is to distribute them to God?s poor.

Keywords: God; penitential canons; textual representations



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