Constantine: An Absolute Leader Of The Christian Empire

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In 314 he convened a synod at Arles to regulate the Church in the West, and in 325 he organized and presided over a council at Nicaea to deal with the troubles over Arianism. In 330 he moved the capital to Byzantium, which was rebuilt and renamed as Constantinople, a city predominantly Christian and dedicated to the Virgin. He seemed to have favored compromise with Arianism, and in 335, in defiance of the Council of Tyre, he exiled St. Athanasius. As the founder of the Christian empire, Constantine began a new era. He was an absolute ruler, and his reign saw the end of the tendency toward despotic rule, centralized bureaucracy, and separation of military and civil powers evolved by Diocletian. Constantine's legal reforms were marked by great
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