Emperor Constantine by Hans A. Pohlsander

By Hans A. Pohlsander

"Emperor Constantine" presents a handy and concise creation to 1 of an important figures in historical historical past. taking into consideration the historiographical debates of the 20th and twenty-first centuries, Hans A. Pohlsander:
* describes the Roman international into which Constantine was once born
* assesses Constantine's skill as a soldier and statesman
* emphasizes the importance of Constantine as Rome's first Christian emperor
* discusses the significance of the institution of the recent capital of Byzantium
* offers an even-handed evaluate of Constantine's achievements.
This moment version is up-to-date all through take into consideration the most recent study at the topic. additionally integrated is a revised advent and an enlarged bibliography.

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Thirty-three bishops, mostly from Gaul, but also including five from Britain, and thirteen other clergy assembled. Among them was Agritius of Trier, who was mentioned in Chapter 3 above, but not Miltiades. Before the council completed its business Miltiades had passed away and had been replaced by Sylvester, whom tradition erroneously credits with the conversion and baptism of Constantine, as we have seen in Chapter 4 above. In his Life of Constantine, in the context of 33 34 C O N S TA N T I N E A S T H E S O L E R U L E R O F T H E W E S T events transpiring in the years 312–15, Eusebius reports approvingly that Constantine convened synods of God’s servants, sat with them in their assembly and participated in their deliberations.

Four of these fifteen panels depict richly dressed and bejewelled ladies, who represent either members of the imperial family or allegorical figures. If the former interpretation be right, the four ladies would be Constantine’s mother Helena, his wife Fausta, his half-sister Constantia, and the wife of his son Crispus, also named Helena. This writer is persuaded that the latter interpretation is the correct one. Although Constantine and Maxentius were brothers-in-law, relations between them were strained.

After Constantine other emperors, most notably Constantius II and Theodosius I, found it necessary to pass further anti-pagan legislation. Sopater, neo-Platonic philosopher and pagan augur, was to continue in Constantine’s service for a number of years. Another follower of neo-Platonism and priest in the Eleusinian mysteries, Nicagoras, travelled to Egypt in Constantine’s service. Presumably the THE CONFLICT WITH LICINIUS monotheistic tendencies of neo-Platonism still appealed to Constantine. But Porphyry’s Against the Christians was condemned to the flames.

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