These Edicts being directed to the governor of Africa, extended only to the Africans. Before these there were many severe ones against the Donatists, but they did not extend to blood. These two were the first which made their meetings, and the meetings of all dissenters, capital: for by heretics in these Edicts are meant all dissenters, as is manifest by the following against Euresius a Luciferan Bishop.
Impp. Arcad. & Honor. AA. Aureliano Proc. Africae.
Haereticorum vocabulo continentur, & latis adversus eos sanctionibus debent succumbere, qui vel levi argumento a judicio Catholicae religionis & tramite detecti fuerint deviare: ideoque experientia tua Euresium haereticum esse cognoscat. Dat. 3:Non.
Sept. Constantinop. Olybrio & Probino Coss. A.C. 395.
The Greek Emperor Zeno adopted Theoderic King of the Ostrogoths to be his son, made him master of the horse and Patricius, and Consul of Constantinople; and recommending to him the Roman people and Senate, gave him the Western Empire, and sent him into Italy against Odoacer King of the Heruli. Theoderic thereupon led his nation into Italy, conquered Odoacer, and reigned over Italy, Sicily, Rhaetia, Noricum, Dalmatia, Liburnia, Istria, and part of Suevia, Pannonia and Gallia. Whence Ennodius said, in a panegyric to Theoderic: Ad limitem suum Romana regna remeasse. Theoderic reigned with great prudence, moderation and felicity; treated the Romans with singular benevolence, governed them by their own laws, and restored their government under their Senate and Consuls, he himself supplying the place of Emperor, without assuming the title. Ita sibi parentibus praefuit, saith Procopius, ut vere Imperatori conveniens decus nullum ipsi abesset: Justitiae magnus ei cultus, legumque diligens custodia: terras a vicinis barbaris servavit intactas, &c. Whence I do not reckon the reign of this King, amongst the plagues of the four winds.