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  1. t. e. Constantine I ( Latin: Flavius Valerius Constantinus; Greek: Κωνσταντῖνος Konstantinos; 27 February c. 272 – 22 May 337), also known as Constantine the Great or just Constantine, was Roman emperor who reigned from 306 to 337 AD. Born in Naissus, Dacia Mediterranea (now Niš, Serbia ), he was the son of Flavius Constantius ...

    • 25 July 306 – 22 May 337 (alone from 19 September 324)
    • Helena
    • Early Life
    • Constantine Becomes Emperor
    • Byzantium
    • Constantine & Christianity
    • Death

    Although sources vary on the exact year of his birth, Constantine (Gaius Flavis Valerius Constantinus) was born at Naissus in present-day Serbia as early as 272 CE or as late as 285 CE. Since his father was not only a military commander but also the caesarof the west, Constantine lived his entire early life in the imperial court, eventually serving...

    With little support in the city, Maxentius left Rome to meet Constantine in one final, crucial battle - the Battle of Milvian Bridge in 312 CE. On the day before the battle began, Constantine reportedly looked to the sky where he saw a cross of light. Under it was the inscription In Hoc Signo Vinces or “in this sign, conquer”. That night, in a drea...

    The 52-year-old Constantine was now the sole emperor of the empire, and with it, a sense of stability returned. Constantine realized that Old Rome was not the city he wanted for a capital, and despite several of the building projects he instituted, it was decaying. Rome was no longer practical (Constantine even disbanded the Praetorian Guard), and ...

    During his years of warfare in the west he had always demonstrated religious tolerance with both pagans and Christians (he claimed to be a Christian since 312 CE). His mother Helena was a devout Christian, and after Constantine became emperor, he sent her on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land where she had built the Church of the Nativity at Bethlehem. ...

    Constantine the Great maintained his role as a military commander, fighting the Alemanni in 328 CE with the assistance of his son Constantius II, defeating the Goths in 332 CE by starving them into submission, and lastly, capturing lost territories from the Dacians (territories that were later lost after his death). His last wish was to conquer nei...

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  2. Feb 25, 2019 · Emperor Constantine (ca A.D. 280– 337) reigned over a major transition in the Roman Empire—and much more. His acceptance of Christianity and his establishment of an eastern capital city, which...

    • Early Life. Flavius Valerius Constantinus, who would become Roman emperor Constantine I, was born on February 27, circa...
    • Rise to Power. During a period of civil war, Constantine defended his position against different Roman factions,...
    • Sole Roman Emperor. Constantine continued to proclaim his adherence to Christianity, and his reign established influence...
  3. Aug 09, 2018 · 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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