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R. Ross Holloway

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780300100433

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300100433.001.0001

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Constantine and the Christians

Constantine and the Christians

(p.1) I Constantine and the Christians
Constantine and Rome

R. Ross Holloway

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on Constantine's move toward Christianity. Constantine was a Roman emperor who continued to carry out the civic and religious duties of the pagan emperor. He was the patron of the Christians but exercised his patronship from an exalted position in respect to the ministers of the church, a position which, as a divinized ruler, he maintained even in respect to the Christian God. The chapter reveals that Constantine carried a Christian talisman into battle and attributed his success to its power. His move toward Christianity, however, was far different from the vision that overtook St. Paul on the road to Damascus. The chapter also reveals that Constantine was never represented in familiar company with Christ. His view of his relationship with the New Divinity, however, was made clear by the plans for his burial in the new capital of the empire.

Keywords:   Constantine, Christianity, emperor, patronship

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