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    • Who Was Constantine the Great? - ThoughtCo
      • The Roman Emperor Constantine (c 280 - 337 A.D.) was one of the most influential personages in ancient history. By adopting Christianity as the religion of the vast Roman Empire, he elevated a once illegal cult to the law of the land. At the Council of Nicea, Constantine the Great settled Christian doctrine for the ages.
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  2. During the reign of the Roman emperor Constantine the Great (AD 306–337), Christianity began to transition to the dominant religion of the Roman Empire.Historians remain uncertain about Constantine's reasons for favoring Christianity, and theologians and historians have often argued about which form of early Christianity he subscribed to.

  3. Jan 06, 2017 · Even at the time of this edict, it’s important to recognize that Constantine was an avid sun worshiper. According to most historians, he did not convert to Christianity until his deathbed. However, many question whether his conversion was sincere. Regardless, his impact on the Church is well documented.

    • Constantine’s Rise to Power
    • The Edict of Milan
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    • A Committed Christian?
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    During the Crisis of the Third Century, the Roman Empire had suffered multiple difficulties: drought, famine, plagues, inflation, invading barbarians. Numerous Roman generals had fought over the rule of the empire, resulting in civil wars and the rule of the so-called barracks emperors who were chosen and often quickly replaced by the Roman army. W...

    Although Constantine is acclaimed as the first emperor to embrace Christianity, he was not technically the first to legalize it. In the 3rd century CE, various generals issued local edicts of toleration in an effort to recruit Christians into the legions. These edicts then fell by the wayside when the contender was killed in battle. In the Eastern ...

    Scholars continue to debate and examine the rationale for Constantine’s conversion to Christianity. One element involves attempts to determine the demographics of the Roman Empire c. 300 CE. Christianity had grown steadily since the 1st century CE, and by 300 CE, there are estimates that out of a total population of 60 million, 3 million were Chris...

    Many books on Constantine continue to debate Constantine’s commitment as a Christian. Criticism of Constantine's conversion involves the following elements: 1. The Edict of Milan legalized Christians but left all the native cults in place. 2. The Arch of Constantine (erected in 315 CE near the Colosseum) lacks Christian symbols and contains sculptu...

    During the persecution against Christians under Diocletian (302-306 CE), in addition to arrests, the emperor had ordered Christian clergy to hand over their sacred texts. To avoid imprisonment and the arenas, some, including bishops, had done so. Divisions had grown among the Christian communities, and one group, led by Bishop Donatus, was adamant ...

    After mediating the Donatist Schism, his next major challenge came in 325 CE. A presbyter in Alexandria, Arius, had been teaching that at some point, God had created Christ. Riots had broken out in several cities, and Constantine brought the bishops together at the city of Nicaea to resolve the issue. The Council of Nicaea resulted in the Christian...

    Originating as a sect of Judaism, Christians initially held to the ban on images. During the reign of Constantine, Christian art began to flourish, particularly with the craft of mosaics. As patron of the Church, Constantine provided funds for artists and artisans and allegedly had the imperial symbol of either the chi-rho or the cross painted on t...

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  4. Jun 05, 2006 · Constantine's reign as Roman emperor (A.D. 306-337) dramatically changed the direction of Christianity, though in ways far different from those portrayed in The Da Vinci Code. This grew out of his strategy for unifying his empire by creating a "catholic"—meaning universal —church that would blend elements from many religions into one.

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    The story of the fall of Rome, is a rather patchy tale, depending on what you consider ‘Rome’ and what you consider ‘Fall’. The Ancient Roman Empire, or what we likely think of when we think of ‘Ancient Rome’ (circa the time of Christ) with its legions of Roman soldiers with their double blade short swords and their bright red crested helmets, or t...

    Constantine converted to Christianity shortly after his accession to leadership. He was not hostile to Christians previously to this (in contrast to many who preceded him), but did not officially convert until around 312. In short, over his lifetime he oversaw the rapid expansion of Christianity and explicit tolerance of all other religious (or pag...

    Cook, W. S. 2012. Saint Augustine and the Spread of Christianity. Western Journal of Black Studies. 36:3. 220-227. Drake, H. A. 2005. The Impact of Constantine on Christianity. Cambridge University Press Pohlsander, H. A. 2004. Emperor Constantine. Taylor and Francis. Sarris, P. 2011. Empires of Faith: The fall of Rome to the Rise of Islam. Oxford ...

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