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Religion. Constantine Year 7

KEY POINTS

  • The age of Constantine marked a distinct epoch in the history of the Roman Empire, both for founding Byzantium in the east, as well as his adoption of Christianity as a state religion.
  • As emperor, Constantine enacted many administrative, financial, social, and military reforms to strengthen the empire and in doing so strengthened Christianity.
  • According to some sources, on the evening of October 27, with the armies preparing for battle, Constantine had a vision of a cross, which led him to fight under the protection of the Christian god.
  • The accession of Constantine was a turning point for early Christianity; after his victory, Constantine took over the role of patron of the Christian faith. 
  • Constantine experienced a dramatic event in 312 at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge, after which Constantine claimed the emperorship in the west and supported and Christianity by stopping persecution of the Christians, building Churches as places of worship, and promoting Christians to political positions and given them ownership of their property.
  • Constantine's religious policies had enormous effect on the course of Christianity.

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