Constantine and the Christian Empire
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Under Constantine, Christianity was transformed from a persecuted cult into an established religion, and pagan Rome became the Christian empire of Byzantine times. This biography is a detailed, comprehensive, and compelling portrayal of the life and times of arguably the greatest of Roman emperors. In a seamless combination of vivid narrative and historical analysis, the crisis of the Roman Empire and the Great persecution, Constantine's political maneuvers and military campaigns, his conversion to and patronage of Christianity, and his church-building programs in Rome, Jerusalem, and Constantinople are brought to life and made understandable for modern readers. The author's comprehensive knowledge of the literary sources, and his extensive research into the material remains of Constantine's reign, mean that this volume provides a more rounded and accurate portrait of the emperor than ever before. Extensively illustrated and fully documented, Constantine and the Christian Empire is a landmark publication in Roman imperial, early Christian, and Byzantine history.
ancient history, early Christianity, Byzantine history
Odahl, Charles Matson, "Constantine and the Christian Empire" (2004). Faculty & Staff Authored Books. 490.