Emperor Theodosius orders the Praetorian Prefect, Maternus Cynegius (a dedicated Christian), to cooperate with the local bishops and destroy the Temples of the Gentiles in Northern Greece and Asia Minor.
Emperor Theodosius I
"It was then, in AD 386, that Libanius made an impassioned plea that Theodosius preserve the pagan temples. Four years earlier, the emperor had decreed (CTh.
Emperor Theodosius outlaws (16th June) the care of sacked Pagan Temples
Public talks on religious subjects are also outlawed by Theodosius. The old orator Libanius sends his famous Epistle "Pro Templis" to Theodosius, with a hope that the few remaining Hellenic Temples will be respected and spared.
On 8th November, the Emperor Theodosius outlaws all non-christian rituals and names them "superstitions of the Gentiles" (“gentilicia superstitio”). New full scale persecutions against the Gentiles.
On May the 2nd, Theodosius deprives Christians who return to the Pagan Religion of all their rights. Throughout the Eastern Empire, Pagan Temples and Libraries are looted or burned down. On 21st December, Theodosius outlaws even simple visits to the Temples of the Hellenes.
"In AD 385, Theodosius directed Cynegius, his praetorian prefect in the east, to enforce the prohibition of sacrifice for the purpose of divination (CTh. XVI.10.9).
"Roman emperor Theodosius I ("The Great")...confiscated Arian Christian churches and banned their meetings."
"Emperor Theodosius I decreed that Eunomians and other kinds of "heretical" congregations were forbidden to assemble or to build places of worship. Another decree six months later confiscated their property and expelled all Eunomian clergy. [Freeman, 2009, 140]"
"Theodosius I made divination from chicken entrails a capital crime. Other pagan practices were also outlawed, such as burning incense, torch bearing processions, wearing garlands, and offerings of wine. Household gods were outlawed. Magistrates' failure to enforce the law was also criminalized. [ www.jesusneverexisted.com ]"