Flavius Valerius Aurelius Constantinus Augustus
Flavius Valerius Aurelius Constantinus Augustus was one of few who went to the extremes of killing his own family members just to keep his new booming Empire up and running. Constantine ruled from 306 A.D. until 337 A.D. During Constantine the Great’s thirty-one years of ruling, he influenced the Roman Empire that affected the Roman people in a virtuous way. He strengthened Christianity in Rome and was a martyr in making Christianity a respected religion, he created economic reforms that helped the common people, and crafted impressive structures throughout the Empire. Throughout Constantine’s reign, he strongly enforced Christianity and made it more popular throughout the Empire. Constantine the Great was a very influential man on Christianity and many admired what he did. He was the first roman emperor to ever support Christianity and make it a religion that was commonly used and allowed throughout Rome. Constantine strived vigorously to get Christianity into the world. He built buildings and supported the upbringing of Christian churches from all over Rome. Constantine’s partner Esebius, who was also really into religious politics once stated “No Roman Emperor before Constantine had ever done this. Eusebius of Caesar was to see in Constantine the first emperor who was a ‘friend of god’ and thus chosen to proclaim his message to the world.”(Hardenbrook) Constantine himself was so into this religion, which was a religion that no one in Rome has ever embraced, that he urged the acceptance of Christian faith whenever he could. (Constantine) By keeping the Divine faith, I am made a partaker of the light of truth: guided by the light of truth, I advance in the knowledge of the Divine Faith. Hence it is that, as my actions themselves evince, I profess the most holy religion; and this worship I declare to be that which teaches me deeper acquaintance with the most holy God; aided by whose Divine power. (Jennings) Constantine did things such as participating and being a major role in the Edict of Milan. The Edict of Milan was moreover a response to a problem in the churches of Alexandria. It was an assembly over the dispute weather Christians should be given the toleration, and restoration of any personal property that was confiscated during the prosecution. (Matthews) When Constantine put his time in to deciding the Edict of Milan it was just after the defeat of Maxentius at Milan. Contributing to the Edict of Milan made him so empowered by the Christian faith he went beyond what the Edict of Milan concluded and donated bishops to imperial property. (Matthews) All through Constantine’s childhood he was brought up in a monotheistic household. His father enforced the rule that there must be strict adherence to the all mighty Sun God, which was popular in early day Rome. (Hardenbrook) During the course of his childhood he was obeying to his father’s rule, until Constantine saw the failure of the people who practiced polytheism as he grew apart from his dad. From that day on Constantine slowly moved away from his ‘old ways’ and started turning to Christianity instead. “Every day at an exact hour he shut himself up in the most secluded part of the palace, as if to assist at the sacred mysteries, and there commune with God…on his knees, for his necessities.” (Living) This quote shows how he would give time out of his day to God to show that he was a Christian himself and placed his faith in him. Although he wasn’t baptized until 312, which occurred right before his death, a bishop in Nicaea eventually baptized him before the Council of Nicaea began. It was said that Constantine had a direct connection with God and was even appointed an apostle. (Hardenbrook) As Christianity started to become more popular throughout Rome, Constantine slowly started moving away from pagan religions and more specifically pagan sacrifices. Constantine remained persistent in following his Christian...
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