Constantine The Great


is considered by many one of the best emperors of Roman history. Constantine was the first emperor to convert to Cristianityand also founded the great city of Constantinople which remained the capital of the eastern Romans empire until 1453.
was born Flavius Valerius Constantinus at Nis, in what is now Serbia, son of the commander Constantius Chlorus and Helena, a camp follower. Constantius became co-emperor in 305. Constantine, who had shown military talent in the East, joined his father in Britain in 306. He was popular with the troops, who proclaimed him emperor when Constantius died later the same year. Over the next two decades Constantine had to fight his rivals for the throne, ...

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his rival in Italy, Constantine is reported to have dreamed that Christ appeared to him and told him to inscribe the first two letters of his name XP in Greek on the shields of his troops. The next day he is said to have seen a cross superimposed on the sun and the words "in this sign you will be the victor". Constantine then defeated Maxentius at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge, near Rome. The Senate hailed the victor as savior of the Roman people. Constantine, now looked upon the Christian deity as a bringer of victory. Persecution of the Christians was ended, and Constantine's co-emperor, Licinius, joined him in issuing the Edict of Milan 313 A.D., which mandated toleration of Christians in the Roman Empire. As guardian of Constantine's favored religion, the church was then given legal rights and large financial donations.
A struggle for power soon began between Licinius and Constantine, from which Constantine emerged in 324 as a victorious Christian champion. Now ...

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