By Hans A. Pohlsander
"Emperor Constantine" offers a handy and concise creation to at least one of an important figures in historic background. bearing in mind the historiographical debates of the 20 th and twenty-first centuries, Hans A. Pohlsander:
* describes the Roman global into which Constantine used to be born
* assesses Constantine's skill as a soldier and statesman
* emphasizes the importance of Constantine as Rome's first Christian emperor
* discusses the significance of the institution of the hot capital of Byzantium
* provides an even-handed overview of Constantine's achievements.
This moment version is up to date all through take into consideration the most recent learn at the topic. additionally incorporated is a revised advent and an enlarged bibliography.
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The Donatists, however, did not submit. Constantine issued another imperial ruling against them in the autumn of 316. His attempts to suppress them show his readiness to use the powers of the state in an effort to end a dangerous schism in the church, but did not succeed. Although the so-called Edict of Milan had proclaimed religious toleration throughout the empire, he ordered that their property be conﬁscated and their leaders be exiled. In 321 he decided to abandon the use of force against them and turned his attention to other matters.
Trier’s most famous landmark, the Porta Nigra, dates from the second century, as do the Roman bridge across the Mosel and the Baths of St Barbara; the amphitheatre was constructed even earlier, at the end of the ﬁrst century. But the Imperial Baths (Figure 2), impressive even in their ruinous state, and the so-called Basilica, actually the reception hall (aula palatina) of the imperial palace, are both to be associated with Constantine. Trier’s cathedral, dedicated to St Peter, has a long history which ultimately reaches back to the time of Constantine.
Licinius followed a different path. He had agreed to a policy of toleration and abided by that policy for a time. His wife was a devout Christian, as we know from correspondence between her and Eusebius of Caesarea. But he himself was never converted. In 313, before the battle against Maximinus Daia, he had his soldiers recite a monotheistic, but not Christian, prayer. His coinage evidences devotion to Jupiter Conservator, in the tetrarchic tradition 43 44 T H E C O N F L I C T W I T H L I C I N I U S founded by Diocletian.