See also:protection or right of
See also:asylum; also applied to the
See also:privilege itself, the right of safe refuge . In
See also:Egyptian, Greek or
See also:Roman temples it was applied to the
See also:cella in which stood the statue of the
See also:god, and the Latin word for
See also:altar, ara, was used for protection as well . In Roman Catholic usage sanctuary is sometimes applied to the whole
See also:church, as a consecrated
See also:building, but is generally limited to the
See also:choir . The idea that such places afforded refuge to criminals or refugees is founded upon the
See also:primitive and universal belief in the contagion of holiness . Hence it was
See also:sacrilege to remove the man who had gained the
See also:holy precincts; he was henceforth invested with a
See also:part of the sacredness of the place, and was inviolable so long as he remained there . Some temples had
See also:peculiar privileges in this regard . That of
See also:Diana at Ephesus extended its inviolability for a perimeter of two stadia, until its right of sanctuary was refused by the Romans . Not all Greek and Roman temples, however, had the right in an equal degree . But where it existed, the
See also:action of the Roman
See also:law was suspended, and in imperial times the statues and pictures of the emperors were a protection against pursuit . Tacitus says that the
See also:ancient Germans held woods, even lakes and fountains, sacred; and the Anglo-
See also:Saxons seem to have regarded several woods as holy and to have made sanctuaries of them, one of these being at
See also:Leek in
See also:Staffordshire . The use of Christian churches as sanctuaries was not based upon the
See also:Hebrew cities of refuge, as is sometimes stated . It is part of the general religious fact of the inviolability attaching to things sacred .
FRANCESCO DE SANCTIS (1817-1883)
SEIGNEUR DE NICOLAS DE HARLAY SANCY (1546-1629)
There are no comments yet for this article.
Do not copy, download, transfer, or otherwise replicate the site content in whole or in part.
Links to articles and home page are encouraged.