The Conversion Of Constantine 's Conversion

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The Conversion of Constantine Constantine was the first Roman Emperor to convert to Christianity. He started his reign in 306 AD. During this time the Roman Empire was still composed mainly of pagans. Although the population of Christians was on the rise, in the beginning of the fourth century Christians made up only 10 percent of the population in the Roman Empire. There were approximately five million Christian in the Roman Empire meaning that they were still the minority (Waldron). His conversion was an important turning point not only for Christians but also for the Roman Empire as a whole. Although most Romans still believed in Greco-Roman religions, Constantine decided to become a Christian because he knew that it would be beneficial for his role as emperor. His conversion was prompted by his desire to end the tetrarchy structure of he Roman Empire and to become the sole ruler of the Roman Empire. The story of Constantine’s conversion was told through Eucbuius of Caersera. His recount of the story is skewed by his bias. In order to show a more holistic view of the story I will be comparing his account to the account of Andreas. Constantine had other motives for converting to Christianity such as Alföldi. Constantine’s decision to become a Christian was influenced by numerous external factors. Constantine emulated the monotheistic nature of Christianity and used it as the foundation of his reign and used Christianity to advance his political agenda. When…
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