Note 045
From Chapter 14 of the Decline & Fall

45. Panegyr. Vet. ix. 3. Euseb. Hist. Eccles. viii 14, et in Vit. Constant. i. 33, 34. Rufinus, c. 17. The virtuous matron, who stabbed herself to escape the violence of Maxentius, was a Christian, wife to the praefect of the city, and her name was Sophronia. It still remains a question among the casuists, whether, on such occasions, suicide is justifiable?

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