The Romans were a decaying bunch, with not very much to boast about and a rotten empire that was divided in half, ruled by four weak emperors. The only thing that arrested its slide into ignominy was the character and action of an ambitious, military, pious man called Constantine, whom history would call The Great. He picked Rome up and dusted it off, built a new capital for the empire, and with one gesture established Christianity as the religion of the known world. Those bold moves forged a relationship between church and state that would last until the enlightenment…

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Reading list:
Constantine the Great: The Man and His Times – Michael Grant
Titans of History – Simon Sebag Montefiore
The Immortal Emperor: The Life and Legend of Constantine Palaiologos, Last Emperor of the Romans – Donald M. Nicol
Defending Constantine: The Twilight of an Empire and the Dawn of Christendom – Peter J. Leithart
Constantine the Great: And the Christian Revolution – G. P. Baker

 

 

Constantine the Great

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