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In this text, on the first paragraph after "Confesser ses fautes", we read:

Ailleurs, les pénitents publics accomplissaient leur peine en privé, autrement dit chez eux.

I'm having a bit of trouble to understand what "Ailleurs" means in this context. Could I translate it as 'otherwise' here? In this site that meaning is not present, but with those that are, the text doesn't seem to make sense…

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For me the simplest translation would be: "Elsewhere".
"Otherwise" is translated to "Autrement".

In the text, the previous sentence begins with “Dans la Rome du VIe siècle, …”. So here ailleurs refers to places other than Rome.

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