Constantine the Great Constantine the Great, military victor, glorified saint, equal to the

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Constantine the Great Constantine the Great, military victor, glorified saint, equal to the Apostles, first Christian Emperor, builder of Constantinople, and founder of the Byzantine Empire, has been called by many the most influential emperor of Late Antiquity. Constantine played a crucial role in the development of Europe during the Middle Ages, and established Christianity as the official religion of the Roman Empire. His dynamic yet effective predominance laid the foundations of post classical European civilization. From the early years of his life, to his reign of the Roman Empire, and ultimately to his demise, there is no doubt that Constantine’s contribution to world history and the Orthodox Church has left behind a monumental…show more content…
Constantine’s mother was a woman of humble background named Helena. After many years of service to Caesar, Constantine’s father Constantius was promoted to the office of Caesar, and dispatched to the city of Gaul, to fight rebel enemies Carausius and Allectus. Tetrarchy retained vestiges of hereditary privilege, making Constantine the prime candidate for future appointment as Caesar as soon as his father took the position. Constantine lived as his father’s heir presumptive in the court of Dioletian. Constantine was fortunate to have the opportunity to receive a formal education at Diocletian’s court. It is here where he studied Latin literature, Greek, and Philosophy. Nicomedia was that of a very open and socially mobile cultural environment, and Constantine could mix with intellectuals both of the Pagan and Christian Faith. He attended the lectures of a Christian scholar of Latin in the city, named Lactantius. Diocletian did not completely trust Constantius, resulting in Constantine being held as somewhat of a hostage to ensure Constantius’ best behavior. Despite this Constantine remained a prominent member of the court. He fought for Diocletian, as well as Galerius in Asia, while serving in a variety of tribunates. He campaigned against the barbarians of Danube in 296. He fought the Persians under Diocletian in Syria in 297, and also under Galerius in Mesopotamia in 298 and 299. By the spring of 303, Constantine

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