Definition of Petronian Law in English:

Petronian Law

Pronunciation /pɪˌtrəʊnɪən ˈlɔː/

noun

History
  • A law enacted at Rome protecting slaves from being condemned to fight with wild beasts.

Origin

Late 17th century; earliest use found in Timothy Nourse (c1636–1699), agricultural and religious writer. From the name of Petronius + -an + law, after classical Latin Lex Petronia.