Constantine used the church as an instrument of imperial policy, imposed upon it his imperial ideology, and used his slowly evolving, so-called, christianized belief(s) for personal ends, much as all earlier (devoutly pagan) emperors had used the pre-christian, roman, universal (catholic) imperial cult for their own personal ends up until the. The conversion of constantine a major turning point in western history occurred when the roman emperor constantine converted to christianity in 312 ce whether constantine's conversion was sincere or politically motivated (or a combination of the two), historians can only speculate. Constantine’s conversion to christianity – the first of any roman emperor – caused shockwaves across the roman world, and it is this that makes this period such an exciting and important area of study. The religious conversion of constantine the great, a roman caesar (2130 words, 8 pages) conversion can be a very significant aspect of an individuals life to convert essentially means to re-center ones life and make faith the main focus. It was in a context of religious persecution against christians and of competition between confessions, notably originating from the middle east, that the conversion of constantine was to drive the roman empire to progressively become christianised.
Well known for being the first roman emperor to convert to christianity, constantine reversed the persecutions of his predecessor, diocletian, and issued the edict of milan in 313, which proclaimed religious liberty 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. Constantine the great is known in history as the first roman emperor to convert to christianity however, legends and archaeological evidence suggest a different story– it seems that constantine had a secret about his faith which was hidden for centuries.
Constantine i or constantine the great (kŏn´stəntēn, –tīn), 288–337, roman emperor, bnaissus (present-day niš, serbia) he was the son of constantius i and helena and was named in full flavius valerius constantinus rise to power when his father was made caesar (subemperor), constantine was left at the court of the emperor diocletian, where he was under the watchful eye of galerius. During the reign of the roman emperor constantine the great constantine, caesar in the western empire, with the establishment of christianity as the state religion of the roman empire, christians in persia would be regarded as allies of persia's ancient enemy. Constantine the great in the fourth century, specifically regarding the interrelation of church and state, may be described as one seeking an uncompromised unity above and at the cost of all else before addressing constantine himself, a look at the relationship between church and.
Constantine and christianity essay - gaius flavius valerius aurelius constantinus, or constantine, is commonly referred to as the fist christian emperor of the roman empire and as the defender of christianity. Constantine the great was a roman emperor of illyrian ancestry who ruled from 306 to 337 ad he was a popular emperor, famous for the numerous administrative, financial, social, and military reforms he implemented to strengthen the empire. Statue of of the roman emperor constantine the great – capitoline museums, rome, italy as an allusion to constantine’s «conversion the problem is actually the subject of much debate, as is the complex question of constantine’s religious policy in the middle of the twelfth century the monument was incorporated into the. Kids learn about the biography of constantine the great from ancient rome the first christain roman emperor being the first roman emperor to convert to christianity and establishing the when his father became ill, he named constantine as emperor, or augustus, of the western portion of the roman empire constantine then ruled over. The emperor as a 'man of god': the impact of constantine the great's conversion on roman ideas of kingship o imperador como um homem de deus: o impacto de constantino, o grande conversão nas ideias romanas sobre o reinado.
This lesson will explain the conversion of constantine and the ascent of christianity in doing this, it will highlight the edict of milan and the famous council of nicaea. Equal to the apostles emperor saint constantine the great (february 27, 272-may 22, 337) was proclaimed augustus by his troops on july 25, 306 and ruled an ever-growing portion of the roman empire to his death constantine is famed for his re-founding of byzantium as new rome, which was always. During his early life, the roman empire was divided into a tetrarchy of four emperors: two senior emperors with the title “augustus” and two junior emperors with the title “caesar” constantine’s father constantius was the “junior emperor” or “caesar” of the western half of the empire.
The sea-change begins with the man most responsible for making what had been a kind of growing jewish sect, that still attracted mostly poor people and outsiders, into a great religion this was a great religion that, on an institutional level, was to shed more human blood than any other great religion, including islam. Constantine the great constantine was the son of flavius valerius constantius, a roman army officer, and his consort helena his father became caesar, the deputy emperor in the west in 293. Constantine was the first roman emperor to convert to christianity [notes 1] although he lived most of his life as a pagan, he joined the christian faith on his deathbed, being baptised by eusebius of nicomedia.
As the son of a caesar and hence potentially an emperor himself, constantine spent a dozen years (from about 293 to 305) in the east in the court of diocletian, the senior emperor (augustus), and galerius, his deputy (caesar. In order to understand st constantine and his influence on christianity we will first of all focus on his background, the development of roman theocracy, and constantine’s eventual conversion to christianity. Constantine i or saint constantine was a roman emperor from 306 to 337 ad his father constantius became caesar, the deputy emperor in the west in 293 ad.