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Constantine the Emperor

Author: D S Potter
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2013.
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Overview: This year Christians worldwide will celebrate the 1700th anniversary of Constantine's conversion and victory at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge. No Roman emperor had a greater impact on the modern world than did Constantine. The reason is not simply that he converted to Christianity but that he did so in a way that brought his subjects along after him. Indeed, this major new biography argues that  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Constantine, Emperor of Rome; Constantine, Emperor of Rome
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: D S Potter
ISBN: 9780199755868 0199755868
OCLC Number: 780288988
Description: xv, 368 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Preface --
Map of the Roman empire --
Introduction --
Part 1: Imperial resurrection. The crisis of AD 260 ; The renewal of the Roman Empire --
Part 2: Diocletian. The new emperor ; Emperors and subjects ; A new look ; Persia and the Caesars --
Part 3: Constantine and Diocletian. The court of Diocletian ; Imperial edicts and moral crusades ; Minervina ; The succession --
Part 4: Fathers and sons. The new regime ; Maxentius and Fausta ; The end of Maximian --
Part 5: The road to Rome. The gathering storm ; The Battle of the Milvian Bridge ; Freedom of worship ; The conversion of Constantine --
Part 6: War and peace. Reworking past and future ; Governing the empire ; Maximus and Bassus ; The Donatist controversy --
Part 7: Triumph and tragedy. The defeat of Licinius ; The Eastern empire ; Constantine speaks to the bishops ; The Arian controversy ; Nicaea ; Constantinople and Rome --
Part 8: Ruler of the world. Constantine's government ; Constantinople ; An ordered society ; Christians, pagans, and Jews ; Neighbors ; End times --
Epilogue --
Appendix: Finding Constantine --
Timeline --
Dramatis personae.
Responsibility: David Potter.
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