Constantine the great: a biography he established freedom of religion in the roman empire and was sole ruler who founded the empire of byzantium or of new rome or of constantinople -- the influence of which even to this day reaches new byzantium. By david potter christians today owe a tremendous debt to the roman emperor constantine some christians believed that the best way to solve the problem was to celebrate easter on the first day of passover according to the jewish calendar, another group held that easter should be celebrated on the. During the reign of the roman emperor constantine the great (ad 306–337), christianity began to transition to the dominant religion of the roman empire historians remain uncertain about constantine's reasons for favoring christianity, and theologians and historians have often argued about which form of early. Constantine the great (about ad274-337), roman emperor (306-37), the first roman ruler to be converted to christianity he was the founder of constantinople (present-day istanbul), which remained the capital of the eastern roman (byzantine) empire until 1453 constantine the great was born flavius valerius. However as the book progresses its focus and themes become clear, and form a lucid and compelling analysis of what motivated constantine to eventually adopt christianity, thereby radically changing the course of history many stories of constantine's life that are 'common knowledge' prove to be apocryphal, as during his.
11 early life 12 ruler of the west 13 battle of milvian bridge 14 edict of milan 15 founding of new rome 16 326-death 17 succession 2 constantine and christianity constantine the great was the first roman emperor to accept christianity in 313, constantine met licinius in milan to secure their.  among constantine's most significant acts and initiatives of importance in church history are his legal initiation of freedom for christianity with the edict of milan (313), his calling of the first ecumenical council at nicaea (325), and moving the capital of the empire from pagan encrusted rome to constantinople ( 330. Key points the age of constantine marked a distinct epoch in the history of the roman empire, both for founding byzantium in the east, as well as his adoption of christianity as a state religion as emperor, constantine enacted many administrative, financial, social, and military reforms to strengthen the empire constantine.
When constantine, the emperor of rome, became a christian it meant that the empire became christian, with momentous consequences for the jewish and pagan worlds as jews began to establish an autonomous way of life and put down deep roots in babylon — a place at the far end of the roman empire and insulated. Peter jones looks at an account of the leader associated with christianising the roman empire. The roman emperor constantine (c 280 - 337 ad) was one of the most influential personages in ancient history by adopting christianity as the religion of the vast roman empire, he elevated a once illegal cult to the law of the land at the council of nicea, constantine settled christian doctrine for the.
Constantine is the first roman emperor to convert to christianity he did so after witnessing the sight of a cross in the sky along with his entire army however, his spiritual growth and eventual conversion did not happen at once with this one dramatic event it began years before this while he was stationed. Constantine the great is known in history as the first roman emperor to convert to christianity however, legends and archaeological evidence suggest a different story– it seems that constantine had a secret about his faith which was hidden for centuries constantine built many churches he celebrated.
First christian emperor this praise-filled biography came from the hand of eusebius, bishop of caesarea in palestine, and perhaps constantine's greatest admirer in the spring of 311, with 40,000 soldiers behind him, constantine rode toward rome to confront an enemy whose numbers were four times his own. In 312 ad the roman emperor constantine ruled rome on the eve of a great battle, constantine claimed to have received a vision from the christian god, which caused him to win the battle the emperor soon adopted christianity and halted the persecution of the christians in 325 the emperor gave an exhortation to his. His reign began in 306, and after a series of internal struggles, he consolidated his rule over the entire roman empire in 324 in addition to his successful military campaigns, constantine made several administrative changes that established and extended his influence in the history of christianity,. Welcome to rome across europe of the reasons the roman empire endured as long as it did, there are 2 things that stand out the romans knew relied heavily upon tradition and history, but they were also able to adapt and incorporate new ideas or concepts into their lives the idea of tradition and.
Religion in the world scholars still debate why and how this occurred, but it is clear that it was one of the most important transformations in history the growth of early christianity christianity was spread through the roman empire by the early followers of jesus although saints people to adopt christianity they were.
Being a noble-hearted conqueror, constantine spared the treacherous licinius's life this victory had repercussions that were to affect the city's development enormously first, constantine adopted christianity as the state religion of the roman empire second, he chose byzantium as his new christian capital although. In 312 ad, the great persecution was still going on in the eastern part of the roman empire (though not really in the west) but then constantine became a roman emperor he had had a vision which made him convert to christianity. Occupation: roman emperor born: february 27, 272 ad in naissus, serbia died: may 22, 337 ad in nicomedia, turkey best known for: being the first roman emperor to convert to christianity and establishing the city of constantinople also known as: constantine the great, constantine i, saint constantine the arch of.
Contrary to popular belief, constantine did not rescue christianity from extinction even if he had not adopted the christian cause, the majority of the roman population was well on its way to becoming christian what constantine did do was hasten the process of evangelizing the roman empire constantine's conversion. Introduction throughout its first three centuries, the church went through unimaginable persecution from the roman empire, though all the time growing and spreading so imagine what an extraordinary turn of events it was when the roman emperor himself became a christian within one person's lifetime, the empire went. Constantine is perhaps best known for being the first roman emperor to endorse christianity, traditionally presented as a result of an christian historians ever since lactantius have adhered to the view that constantine adopted christianity as a kind of replacement.