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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 Constantinople (modern Istanbul, Turkey) and declared it, instead of Rome, the new capital and seat of the Empire. He suspended the Praetorian Guard, the famous bodyguards of the emperors.

He decreed Sunday to be a day of rest.

He gained fame as the supporter of many religious building projects.

Constantine was infamous for his violent temper and was involved in the murder of at least seven close friends and relatives.

He was very successful in the battles he fought. His military strategy was well respected.

Constantine built a wall around Constantinople, the location of which is shown on this map:

The Ottoman Empire, 1451-1481. Constantinople.
Constantinople's Wall by Constantine
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Constantine's Family

Constantine's father was Flavius Valerius Constantius (Official title: Constantius I Chlorus)

Constantine's mother was Helena.

Constantine's father gave his wife the boot and, in 289 A.D., married another woman.


Constantine's siblings:
Six half-siblings by Flavia Maximiana Theodora, his father's second wife


Constantine's spouses:
Minervina
and Fausta


Constantine's children:
Crispus
(by Minervina), Constantius II, Constantine II and Constans (by Fausta)
 

 


Arch of Constantine
Copyright Eldar Kadymov


The Arch of Constantine in Rome was hastily built in AD 312 to commemorate Constantine's victory over throne rival Maxentius at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge.

And here is Constantine's timeline.

 

 

 

 

 



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