"(...) These men dressed in black, who eat like elephants, who tire out, because of the abundance of the cups they guzzle, those who serve them to drink: they, who hide these excesses under a pallor which they procure artificially (... ), run against all the holy places screaming and carrying wood, stone and iron. And the ones who have no tools, make use of the hands and feet. Then the roofs are pulled down, the walls crashed, pulled down the statues, altars overturned , the priests must be silent or die. Destroyed a building, they run to a second and then to a third and the trophies are added to the trophies against all laws.
All these violence are made in the cities but especially in the villages. These men in large numbers attack everywhere. After causing much damage separately, they meet each other and tell their feats to each other: they consider a shame not to have committed the most outrageous injustice. They go to the assault of the villages as streams ravaging the fields, the houses of innocent: blinding, tearing down and killing.
(...) They say they are fighting in the name of their god, in the name of their faith, but this war is only a way to take enormous richness, to steal the money of the distressed. They live thanks to the evil caused to others.
These are men who do not hesitate at nothing. The destruction they make is the result of their greed, their violence and fury.
Here's an example. In the city of Berea there was a bronze of Asclepius, a statue in which art imitated maximally nature. It was so beautiful that anyone who saw her once wanted to go back to see her again. This statue, this work of art, this masterpiece, created with great effort, the work of an illustrious genius, by Phidias, was torn apart and destroyed. Many hands have divided the work of Phidias. Why? "
Libanius "In Defense of the Temples"