It also meant that Constantine was now unmistakably the senior emperor (as
Licinius had conceded). On these terms, friendly relations with Licinius were
ostensibly restored; and Constantine might claim that one of his favourite
Author: Michael Grant
Publisher: Hachette UK
A study of one of the ancient world's most fascinating figures. Fascinating and readable biography by a great populariser of classical civilisation. Directly responsible for momentous transformations of the Imperial scene, Constantine will always be famous as the 1st Christian Emperor of Rome, and for refounding ancient Byzantium as Constantinople - events which rank amongst the most significant in history. In art, politics, economics and particularly in religion, the life of Constantine acts as a bridge between past and present. Was he the last notable Roman Emperor, or the first medieval monarch ? Was the Great convert a saint and hero, or should we regard him as a murderer who killed his wife, his eldest son , and many of his friends to further his own ambitions? These are just some of the issues that are raised in this stimulating biography.
This second edition is updated throughout to take into account the latest research on the subject. Also included is a revised introduction and an enlarged bibliography.
Author: Hans A. Pohlsander
Publisher: Psychology Press
Emperor Constantine provides a convenient and concise introduction to one of the most important figures in ancient history. Taking into account the historiographical debates of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, Hans A. Pohlsander: * describes the Roman world into which Constantine was born * assesses Constantine's ability as a soldier and statesman * emphasizes the significance of Constantine as Rome's first Christian emperor * discusses the importance of the establishment of the new capital of Byzantium * gives an even-handed assessment of Constantine's achievements. This second edition is updated throughout to take into account the latest research on the subject. Also included is a revised introduction and an enlarged bibliography.
Featuring a series of multi-disciplinary essays and a fully illustrated catalogue of objects, this book is a contribution to the study of the material and visual evidence for Constantine's reign.
Author: Elizabeth Hartley
Publisher: Lund Humphries Pub Limited
Featuring a series of multi-disciplinary essays and a fully illustrated catalogue of objects, this book is a contribution to the study of the material and visual evidence for Constantine's reign. The geographic range for this book is the Roman Empire, with the focus mainly on the Western Empire.
The claim reflects the impact of a new youthful, beardless, and handsome image
of Constantine that had by now become firmly established on the emperor's
coinage. The new portrait style not only indicated the emperor's rejection of the ...
Author: Jonathan Bardill
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
"Constantine was the first Roman emperor to convert to Christianity. The book explores the emperor's image as conveyed through literature, art, and architecture, and shows how Constantine reconciled the tradition of imperial divinity with his monotheistic faith. It demonstrates how the traditional themes and imagery of kingship were exploited to portray the emperor as the saviour of his people and to assimilate him to Christ. This is the first book to study simultaneously both archaeological and historical information to build a picture of the emperor's image and propaganda. It is extensively illustrated" --Provided by publisher.
A brief 'Prologue' by the 'Church' introduces the career of Constantine (from AD 305-337) with scenes from the empires of both west and east, concentrating on Constantine's progress to imperial power and inevitably in religious belief.
Author: Dorothy L. Sayers
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Category: Literary Criticism
A brief 'Prologue' by the 'Church' introduces the career of Constantine (from AD 305-337) with scenes from the empires of both west and east, concentrating on Constantine's progress to imperial power and inevitably in religious belief. He discovers Christ to be the God who has made him his earthly vice-regent as single Emperor. Summoning the Council of Nicaea in 325, an invigorating debate results in the acceptance of Constantine's formula that Christ is 'of one substance with God.' The implications of the Creed of Nicaea are revealed in the last part of the play in which it is Constantine's mother, Helena, who brings him to the realization that he needs redemption by Christ for his political and military life as well as for the domestic tragedy which has resulted in the death of his son.
The first part implies a detailed narrative history framed between two great
historical names : Constantine , as the first Roman Emperor to accept and
promote Christianity and thereby to redirect and start the process of redefining
the Roman ...
Author: Neil Christie
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
This book offers an overview of the archaeological and structural evidence for one of the most vital periods of Italian history, spanning the late Roman and early medieval periods. The chronological scope covers the adoption of Christianity and the emergence of Rome as the seat of Western Christendom, the break-up of the Roman west in the face of internal decay and the settlement of non-Romans and Germanic groups, the impact of Germanic and Byzantine rule on Italy until the rise of Charlemagne and of a Papal State in the later eighth century. Presenting a detailed review and analysis of recent discoveries by archaeologists, historians, art historians, numismatists and architectural historians, Neil Christie identifies the changes brought about by the Church in town and country, the level of change within Italy under Rome before and after occupation by Ostrogoths, Byzantines and Lombards, and reviews wider changes in urbanism, rural exploitation and defence. The emphasis is on human settlement on its varied levels - town, country, fort, refuge - and the assessment of how these evolved and the changes that impacted on them. this fascinating and dynamic period of European history.
Author: Jean Baptiste Louis CrevierPublish On: 1761
Maximus The defeat and death of the Gordians filled and Balbinus " Rome with
grief and terror . The senate and emperors by people , uniting in the same
sentiments , regretted Herod . bitterly the loss of thefe princes in whom they had
Emperor's. New. Clothes1. Branson. Parler. the famous Hans Christian anderson
tale of the emperor's new clothes ... Likewise, Peter Leithart's Defending
Constantine turns on the question of how to see the emperor Constantine: is he
the best ...
Author: John D. Roth
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
This collection of essays continues a long and venerable debate in the history of the Christian church regarding the legacy of the Roman emperor Constantine the Great. For some, Constantine's conversion to Christianity early in the fourth century set in motion a process that made the church subservient to the civil authority of the state, brought a definitive end to pacifism as a central teaching of the early church, and redefined the character of Christian catechesis and missions. In 2010, Peter J. Leithart published a widely read polemic, Defending Constantine, that vigorously refuted this interpretation. In its place, Leithart offered a thoroughgoing rehabilitation of Constantine and his legacy, while directing a rhetorical fusillade against the pacifist theology and ethics of the Mennonite theologian John Howard Yoder. The essays gathered here in response to Leithart reflect the insights of eleven leading theologians, historians, and ethicists from a wide range of theological traditions. They engage one of the most contentious issues in Christian church history in irenic fashion and at the highest level of scholarship. In so doing, they help ensure that the Constantinian Debate will continue to be lively, substantive, and consequential.
Constantine himself confused the issue. When he erected a colossal statue of
himself atop a porphyry column in his new capital, he had himself depicted as an emperor holding a spear and a globe. To many of the city's pagans, this surely ...
Author: Edward L. Smither
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
What happens to the church when the emperor becomes a Christian? Seventeen hundred years after Constantine's victory at Milvian Bridge, scholars and students of history continue to debate the life and impact of the Roman emperor who converted to faith in the Christian God and gave peace to the church. This book joins that conversation and examines afresh the historical sources that inform our picture of Constantine, the theological developments that occurred in the wake of his rise to power, and aspects of Constantine's legacy that have shaped church history.
Eusebius Pamphili On the Life of the Blessed Emperor Constantine BOOK I I -I I.
Preface 1—3. Constantine's immortality  1 ( 1 ) It was but recently the whole
human race celebrated various ten-year periods for the great Emperor with
Publisher: Clarendon Press
Eusebius' Life of Constantine is the most important single record of Constantine, the emperor who turned the Roman Empire from prosecuting the Church to supporting it, with huge and lasting consequences for Europe and Christianity. The only English version previously available is based on a seventeenth-century Greek edition, but two new critical editions produced this century make a new English version necessary. The authors of this edition present the results of the recent scholarly debate, as well as their own researches so as to clarify the significance of Eusebius' work and introduce the student to the text and its interpretation, thus opening up the contentious issues. At face value much of what Eusebius wrote is false. This book shows how, once his partisan interpretations and rhetoric are properly understood, both Eusebius' text and the documents it contains give vital historical insights.
This is a new and thought-provoking study of marriage and the law in late antiquity, dealing particularly with the legislation on marriage enacted by the Roman emperor Constantine (AD 307-337).
Author: Judith Evans Grubbs
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
This is a new and thought-provoking study of marriage and the law in late antiquity, dealing particularly with the legislation on marriage enacted by the Roman emperor Constantine (AD 307-337). As the first emperor to accept Christianity, Constantine is often credited with having introducedChristian ideals and practices into Roman law, but in this book the author argues that the extent of Christian influence on Constantine's marriage legislation was limited. Rather, in many cases, it merely granted legal recognition to practices that had long been followed by many people in the RomanEmpire. Whilst Constantine did not always endorse such practices, and in some cases even tried to repress them, a careful examination of his laws against the dual background of classical Roman law and early Christian attitudes towards marriage reveals much about contemporary behaviour and belief inlate antiquity.
3 * CONSTANTINE : EMPEROR AT CONSTANTINOPLE The news of the Emperor's death came to Constantine at Mistra . He must have known that his
brothers Thomas and Demetrios were nearer the scene and that either might
forestall him ...
Author: Donald M. Nicol
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
The first biography of the last Byzantine Emperor.
Author: Professor Juan Signes CodoñerPublish On: 2014-10-28
By then Michael's wife, Thekla, was dead. The widower emperor decided to
contract a second marriage, and Euphrosyne, a daughter of Constantine VI, was
elected as the new empress. We know the date from Michael the Syrian, who
Author: Professor Juan Signes Codoñer
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
Modern historiography has become accustomed to portraying the emperor Theophilos of Byzantium (829-842) in a favourable light, taking at face value the legendary account that makes of him a righteous and learned ruler, and excusing as ill fortune his apparent military failures against the Muslims. The present book considers events of the period that are crucial to our understanding of the reign and argues for a more balanced assessment of it. The focus lies on the impact of Oriental politics on the reign of Theophilos, the last iconoclast emperor. After introductory chapters, setting out the context in which he came to power, separate sections are devoted to the influence of Armenians at the court, the enrolment of Persian rebels against the caliphate in the Byzantine army, the continuous warfare with the Arabs and the cultural exchange with Baghdad, the Khazar problem, and the attitude of the Christian Melkites towards the iconoclast emperor. The final chapter reassesses the image of the emperor as a good ruler, building on the conclusions of the previous sections. The book reinterprets major events of the period and their chronology, and sets in a new light the role played by figures like Thomas the Slav, Manuel the Armenian or the Persian Theophobos, whose identity is established from a better understanding of the sources.
Constantine, Oratio ad Coetum Sanctorum 26 While marching from Gaul to Italy
during a campaign to wrest control of Rome from an imperial usurper in the year
AD 312, the emperor Constantine the Great felt the need for divine assistance ...
Author: Charles Odahl
Drawing on over a quarter of a century of the author's research and experience, this book, illustrated with ninety-two photographs and eight maps, is the standard work on the man and his life for scholars, students, and all those interested in Roman imperial, early Christian, and Byzantine imperial history.
For Constantine, like an all-gracious emperor, giving him evidences of true favor,
did not refuse alliance with him, and did not refuse him the illustrious marriage
with his sister, but honored him by making him a partaker of the ancestral nobility
It symbolizes the impact of Christianity on the Roman Empire and particularly on Emperor Constantine . The Roman Empire rose in Italy in the centuries before
Christ ' s birth and , by the fourth century C . E . , expanded into England , France
Author: Dolores Bausum
Publisher: TCU Press
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Publisher Fact Sheet The author uses a generic conception of threadwork--all kinds of work done with thread, fiber & yarn--to explore the essential link between the human spirit & the art of connecting threads, relying primarily on art & literature sources.
Ambrose's vision of an autonomous episcopacy was not evident to the emperor. Constantine's recognition of the Christian Church in 3 1 3 was both a blessing
and a curse. The advantages were obvious: Constantine endowed the church
Author: John Vidmar
Publisher: Paulist Press
This one-volume survey of the history of the Catholic Church--from its beginning through the pontificate of John Paul II--explains the Church's progress by using Christopher Dawson's division of the Church's history into six distinct "ages," or 350-400 year periods of time.