Theodosius I  

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"The pious Emperor Theodosius abstained from destroying the not very decent statues and other relics of the heathen, in order to perpetuate and expose all the absurdity and infamy of false religions, and to inspire contempt and hatred of them." --Sylvain Maréchal

Le pieux Empereur Théodose s'abstint de détruire les statues peu décentes et autres monu mens des Payens par un motif assez singulier. C'étoit pour perpétuer et montrer au grand jour toutle ridicule , toutes les infamies des fausses Religions, et pour en inspirer le mépris et l'abomination.

--Antiquités d'Herculaneum

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Flavius Theodosius (January 11, 347 – January 17, 395), also called Theodosius I and Theodosius the Great (Greek: Θεοδόσιος Α΄ and Θεοδόσιος ο Μέγας), was Roman Emperor from 379 to 395. Reuniting the eastern and western portions of the empire, Theodosius was the last emperor of both the Eastern and Western Roman Empire. After his death, the two parts split permanently. He is also known for making Nicene Christianity the official state religion of the Roman Empire.

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