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Constantine and the Christian Empire (Charles Odahl) Hardcover Book, (Routledge, 2004) 9780415174855

Title: Constantine and the Christian Empire

Author: Odahl, Charles

Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis; Publication Date: 2004

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780415174855

Volumes: 1; Pages: 424

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This detailed biographical narrative reveals how the greatest emperor of Late Antiquity transformed Christianity from a persecuted minority cult into an established majority religion, and changed the pagan state of classical Rome into the Christian empire of the Byzantine era.

Assessed within the context of the third century crisis and fourth century revival of the Roman Empire, Constantine emerges as one the most astute political leaders, great field commanders, sincere religious reformers and extensive imperial builders among the long line of Roman Emperors.

The author's comprehensive knowledge of the literary sources, and his extensive research into the material remains of Constantine's reign, mean 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 imperial history.


I The subject and the ancient sources

II The imperial crisis and the Illyrian emperors

III The first tetrarchy and the Caesar's son

IV The Gallic emperor and the dying persecutors

V The Italian campaign and Constantine's conversion

VI Religious concerns and apostolic Rome

VII The eastern crusade and the Nicene Council

VIII The dynastic tragedy and Helena's pilgrimage

IX Imperial concerns and Christian Constantinople

X The final campaigns and the emperor's heirs

XI The thirteenth apostle and the Christian empire

XII The legacy and modern interpretations
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