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Constantine: non secular religion and Imperial coverage brings jointly many of the English-speaking world’s top Constantinian students for an interdisciplinary examine of the lifestyles and legacy of the 1st Christian emperor. for plenty of, he continues to be a "sign of contradiction" (Luke 2:34) whose lifestyles and legacy generate excessive debate. He was once the 1st Christian emperor, protector of the Church, and finally remembered as "equal to the apostles" for bringing concerning the Christianization of the Empire. but there's one other aspect to Constantine’s legacy, person who was once usually missed by way of his Christian hagiographers. a few sleek students have puzzled the orthodoxy of the so-called version Christian emperor, whereas others have doubted the sincerity of his Christian dedication, viewing his include of the religion as basically a method to a political end.?

Drawing together papers offered on the 2013 symposium at Stockton collage commemorating the 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan, this quantity examines the very questions that experience for therefore lengthy occupied historians, classicists, and theologians. The papers during this quantity end up once more that Constantine isn't a lot a determine from the distant earlier, yet someone whose legacy keeps to form our present.

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