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Title: Constantine and the Christian Empire
Author: Odahl, Charles
Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis; Publication Date: 2004
Paperback; ISBN: 9780415386555
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