A biography of the life and times of flavius valerus constantinus

Classical culture and education, which were intimately linked with paganism, continued to enjoy enormous prestige and influence; provincial priesthoods, which were as intimately linked with civic life, long survived the reign of Constantine.

As a member of a four-man ruling body tetrarchy created by the emperor DiocletianConstantius held the title of caesar from to and caesar augustus in — So may be judged the further development, taking place in his reign, of the administrative court hierarchy and an increasing reliance upon a mobile field army, to what was considered the detriment of frontier garrisons.

Constantine now gave Maxentius his meagre support, offering Maxentius political recognition. This system would later be called the Tetrarchy. The emperor was an earnest student of his religion. Satan, the prince of darkness, that king and god of the heathen world, was cast out.

The whole of the West is shaken by this overthrow.


In attendance were Diocletian, briefly returned from retirement, Galerius, and Maximian. He could no longer rely on his connection to the elder Emperor Maximian, and needed a new source of legitimacy.

The ruler of the civilized world laid his crown at the feet of the crucified Jesus of Nazareth. He built various public buildings as well as many Christian Churches that were in keeping with the needs and ideals of the religion he had chosen to favor.

Constantius Chlorus

Some of these enactments were affirmed in Galerius, as senior, consented only to the title of Caesar in order to preserve the integrity of the Tetrarchy. The persecutions of Revelation, it is claimed, are those of Nero and Domitian and all was fulfilled by the time of Constantine A.

The Phoenix Publishing Organization, n. Noteworthy is the hostile language of several of these laws, in which Judaism is spoken of as an ignominious or as a bestial sect "secta nefaria" or "feralis".

He divorced her to marry Fausta for the same reason Constantius had divorced Helen. As he was dying, Constantius recommended his son to the army as his successor; [41] consequently Constantine was declared emperor by the legions at York. Constantius massacred all of them. Subsequent intrigues for territorial gain ended in war between Constantine and Licinius.

Constantius spent the next two years neutralising the threat of the Franks who were the allies of Allectus, [19] as northern Gaul remained under the control of the British usurper until at least He probably judged it a more sensible policy than open persecution [85] and a way to distinguish himself from the "great persecutor" Galerius.

He was shut up in the city, but was relieved by his army after six hours and defeated the enemy. Each emperor would have his own court, his own military and administrative faculties, and each would rule with a separate praetorian prefect as chief lieutenant.

Warren "The binding of Satan, then, I cannot doubt, denotes the cessation of Pagan persecution against the church. The new ideology expressed in the speech made Galerius and Maximian irrelevant to Constantine's right to rule.

Emerging from it in the course of the 4th century were two developments that contributed fundamentally to the nature of Byzantine and Western medieval culture: As early as the war against Maxentius, his standard bore a Christian emblem; but previous to his victory over Licinius he contented himself with placing Christianity upon a footing of equality with heathendom.

Inhowever, the Jews were forbidden to perform the rite of circumcision on slaves or to own Christian slaves; the death penalty was ordained for those who embraced the Jewish faith, as well as for Jews versed in the Law who aided them.

After a long evening of drinking, Galerius granted the request. The extent is nothing. For a discussion of Constantius' marriage to Helen, see infra, n.FLAVIUS VALERIUS CONSTANTINUS • FLAVIUS VALERIUS CONSTANTINUS (noun) The noun FLAVIUS VALERIUS CONSTANTINUS has 1 sense.

1. Emperor of Rome who stopped the persecution of Christians and in made Christianity the official religion of the empire; in he moved his capital from Rome to Byzantium and renamed it.

Constantius I

Titles. Flavius Valerius Aurelius Constantinus Augustus (57th emperor of Rome) Parents. Father: Flavius Constantius (Constantius Chlorus) Mother: Helena (not to be confused with the mythical "St.

Elen" (Helen ferch Coel Hen) of Welsh tradition). Marriage. Early Life. Flavius Valerius Constantinus, who would become Roman emperor Constantine I, was born on February 27, circa (sources range from to ), in Naissus, Moesia (now Niš, Serbia).

Constantine The Great Flavius Valerius Constantinus, also known as Constantine the Great, was the first Roman emperor to adopt Christianity.

Constantine I

He was educated in the imperial court of Rome and pursued to succeed his father. Constantine I, byname Constantine the Great, Latin in full Flavius Valerius Constantinus, (born February 27, after ce?, Naissus, Moesia [now Niš, Serbia]—died May 22,Ancyrona, near Nicomedia, Bithynia [now İzmit, Turkey]), the first Roman emperor to profess Christianity.

Constantine the Great (Latin: Flavius Valerius Aurelius Constantinus Augustus;c. 27 February — 22 May ), also known as Constantine I or Saint Constantine, was Roman Emperor from to This edition of Biography, the long running documentary series from A&E, explores the life of sculptor, painter and poet Michaelangelo.

A biography of the life and times of flavius valerus constantinus
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