Emperor Constantine, 2nd Edition by Hans A. Pohlsander

By Hans A. Pohlsander

"Emperor Constantine" offers a handy and concise advent to 1 of crucial figures in historic background. taking into consideration the historiographical debates of the 20 th and twenty-first centuries, Hans A. Pohlsander:
* describes the Roman international into which Constantine was once 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 recent capital of Byzantium
* offers an even-handed overview of Constantine's achievements.
This moment version is up to date all through take into consideration the newest examine at the topic. additionally integrated is a revised creation and an enlarged bibliography.

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When she died, perhaps in 330, Constantine was at her side. After her death she was even honored by a commemorative coin and by having a town named Constantia named after her (Maiuma, the port of Gaza in Palestine). 45 46 T H E C O N F L I C T W I T H L I C I N I U S There was still another victim of Constantine’s vengeance, twelve years later. This was a second, illegitimate son of Licinius, who was born to him by a slave woman and is not to be identified with the son born to him by Constantia, although not a few scholars, beginning with Otto Seeck, have done just that.

He then, in a dream, is visited by the apostles Peter and Paul. He seeks out Pope Sylvester on Mt. Soracte, has the dream interpreted to him, and accepts Christianity. After a week spent in fasting and prayer he is baptized by Pope Sylvester in Rome and healed of his leprosy in the process. Sylvester then adds another exploit to his achievements: he defeats a fierce dragon which had been threatening the citizens of Rome. All this, supposedly, takes place right after Constantine has entered the city.

October 28 was his dies imperii, he was superstitious, and he decided to offer battle outside the gates of the city. On a bridge of boats hastily constructed near the Milvian Bridge his army crossed over to the right bank of the Tiber. Here Maxentius suffered total defeat. His men were routed; thousands of them and Maxentius himself drowned in the Tiber. “An enemy of the Romans,” from Constantine’s perspective, had indeed perished. The next day, 29 October, Constantine entered the city. Maxentius’ body had been recovered, and Constantine had its severed head affixed to a pike and carried through the streets; later he sent it to Africa to deliver a forceful message there.

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