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Constantine I the Great 280-337

 

Constantine I the Great 280-337

 

 

Constantine I, also called Constantine the Great, was the first Roman emperor who called himself a Christian. Constantine's Latin name was Flavius Valerius Constantinus.

The church declared him a Saint. Some historians call him an evil man, who used religion merely as a means to an end. Take your pick.

As Roman Emperor, Constantine became ruler of a declining empire. Because of the massive persecution of the Christians, Christianity was a sensitive political issue in his days.

Hence, Constantine completely re-defined the Christian faith by claiming himself and his state to be Christian.

 

In 1998, a bronze statue of Roman Emperor Constantine was erected in front of York Minster Cathedral, where he was hailed as Caesar in AD 306.

The inscription reads, "By this sign conquer."

 

Constantine I the Great - Facts

325 - Construction on Hagia Sophia cathedral begins. It will be finished under  Justinian I in 537. 

330 - Constantine renamed Byzantium Consta