Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Constantine the Great

From the History Teachers at Music for History Lovers

Flavius Valerius Aurelius Constantinus was born on February 22nd possibly in 272, a capable Emperor though a far from a model human being. Famous for his victory at Milvian Badge after a vision of a cross predicting “in this sign you shall conquer”. He issued the Edict of Milan decreeing tolerance of Christians and Pagans alike thus ending the horrific Diocletian persecutions of Christianity. However Paganism remained the official religion until the last part of 4th century and even then a statue of the a Roman Goddess graced the Roman Senate for years. He renamed the city of Byzantium as Constantinople and make it the capitol of the Eastern part of the Empire. He called the First Council of Nicaea which rejected Arianism after which he supported the Arian party and near his death he was baptized by an Arian bishop.

Constantine is blamed by someone or other for every thing wrong or perceived to be wrong from 50 AD to 500 AD, a feat he could only have accomplished with a Star Trek type transporter/time machine.


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