Theodosius I (379 - 395CE)

Theodosius I (19 January 379 - 17 January 395CE). Flavius Theodosius, also referred to as Theodosius the Great, was the son of Count Theodosius who cleared Britain of invaders during the reign of Valentinian I. He was victorious against the usurpers Magnus Maximus and Eugenius thereby becoming the last emperor to rule over both the eastern and western halves of the empire. He decreed that Christianity was to be the official state religion. He is recognized as Saint Theodosius by the Eastern Orthodox Church. He died of edema (dropsy) on January 17, 395.