The rule of constantine the emperor constantine has been called the most important emperor of the late antiquity the many great events of his reign laid foundations that would affect the future of europe and western civilization for centuries to come. During the reign of the roman emperor constantine the great (ad 306-337), christianity began to transition to the dominant religion of the roman empirehistorians remain uncertain about constantine's reasons for favoring christianity, and theologians and historians have often argued about which form of early christianity he subscribed to. Constantine i, who came to be known as constantine the great, was a roman emperor at the beginning of the 4th century, who won several important battles to reunite the roman empire under one emperor after decades of internal conflict. The famous emperor, who went on to become the first christian emperor in the history, was a ruler of major historical importancehe was also known as constantine as he reunited a divided empire under a single emperor and scored important wins against some ardent enemies like the franks, alamanni, goths and sarmatians. Constantine the great (latin: flavius valerius aurelius constantinus augustus greek: κωνσταντῖνος ὁ μέγας 27 february c 272 ad - 22 may 337 ad), also known as constantine i, was a roman emperor who ruled between 306 and 337 ad.
To navigate the timeline, click and drag it with your mouse, or click on the timeline overview on the bottom 272 ce: possible year of emperor constantine's birth 306 ce: constantius the pale (father of constantine i ) dies 308 ce: constantine i named caesar of the west 312 ce: constantine. Theodosius ended his reign by defeating political enemies in the west, so that by late 394, he stood alone as emperor of a once-more united empire the moment was brief, however, as theodosius was. The emperor constantine is celebrated as a saint in the orthodox church, although not the western church his great merit, from a christian point of view, was in legalizing christianity. Historians now debate whether the first christian emperor was a christian at all antony takes up life of solitude 280 constantine born 337 constantine entered rome the undisputed.
On meeting the emperor, eusebius clearly became an admirer, later writing vita constantini, or life of constantine as bishop of caesarea, eusebius cast constantine as very pro-christian and proclaimed him the first christian emperor. Constantine i was a roman emperor who ruled early in the 4th century he was the first christian emperor and saw the empire begin to become a christian state constantine i was born circa 280 in. Sources as the emperor who empowered christianity throughout the roman empire and moved the roman capital to the banks of the bosphorus, constantine was a ruler of major historical importance, but he has always been a controversial figure [5.
His early reign was dominated by successive regencies, first by his mother, zoe karbonopsina, and patriarch nicholas mystikos, and from 919 by the admiral romanos lekapenos, who wedded his daughter to constantine and was crowned senior emperor in 920 constantine was sidelined during the lekapenos regime, but asserted his control by deposing. Constantine the great reunited the roman empire under his sole rule in 324 after he defeated licinius this ended 20 years of civil war that broke out after the abdication of diocletian this ended 20 years of civil war that broke out after the abdication of diocletian. The history of the basilica of maxentius is linked to the life of one of the most unfortunate roman emperor, maxentius, who started the construction of this imposing building between the end of the 3rd and the beginning of the 4th century ad, when the empire was coming undone. In ad 312 constantine invaded italy to oust emperor maxentius, who had up to four times as many troops constantine claimed to have had a vision on the way to rome, during the night before battle in this dream he supposedly saw the chi-rho symbol, the first two letters of the greek word for christ, which some believed was a symbol of christ. Examines the varied accounts of constantine's life and the medieval legends surrounding his reign the life and legacy of constantine: traditions through the ages edited by m shane bjornlie essays on how roman emperor constantine the great's memory has been constructed by the human imagination.
Maxentius, son of maximian, becomes emperor of the west he rules until he is killed in 312 312 constantine i, defeats and kills maxentius at the battle of milvian bridge in medieval legend, he wins by painting crosses on the shields of the soldiers and converting to christianity (in hoc signo. Constantine funded church-building projects throughout his reign as a way to encourage christianity's growth churches were erected at, among other places, rome, trier, nicomedia (izmit, turkey), jerusalem, and cirta (constantine, algeria) as either the direct or indirect result of constantine's patronage. 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.
Statue of of the roman emperor constantine the great - capitoline museums, rome, italy the arch celebrates the triumph of the emperor constantine over maxentius , which took place on october 28, ad 312 , following the victorious battle at the milvian bridge. After taking rome, constantine forged an alliance with licinius in the east constantine would be emperor of the west and licinius in the east in 313, they signed the edict of milan which stated that christians would no longer be persecuted in the roman empire. The byzantine empire was a vast and powerful civilization with origins that can be traced to 330 ad, when the roman emperor constantine i dedicated a new rome on the site of the ancient. Constantius i: constantius i, roman emperor and father of constantine i the great as a member of a four-man ruling body (tetrarchy) created by the emperor diocletian, constantius held the title of caesar from 293 to 305 and caesar augustus in 305-306.
This video covers the life and reign of constantine the great, the first christian emperor of the roman empire we look at constantine's conversion at the battle of milvian bridge, his attempts to. Constantine was roman emperor (ad 306-337) he was the first roman emperor to convert to christianity with co-emperor licinius, he issued the edict of milan in 313, which proclaimed tolerance of all religions throughout the empire. Constantine i was roman emperor from 306 to 337 ce realizing that the roman empire was too large for one man to adequately rule, emperor diocletian (284-305 ce) split the empire into two, creating a tetrachy or rule of four while he ruled the east from nicomedia as an augustus with galerius.