The reign of Theodosius was a triumph against paganism, as the emperor took decisive action against anti-Christian religious practices. Bishop Aurelius Ambrose, who lived during this time, favorably summarizes this era:
Theodosius who, after the example of Jacob, supplanted perfidious tyrants and banished the idols of the gentiles; who in his faith wiped out all worship of graven images, and trampled down their ceremonies.
Cited in Steven Gertz, "Revisiting the Pagan Olympic Games," in Christianity Today (2004, posted online August 8, 2008), 3. Retrieved February 4, 2014, from http://www.christianitytoday.com/ch/news/2004/aug19.html?start=1.