The Edict Of Milan. Kincade Hughes

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The Edict of Milan

Kincade Hughes

History – Section 6
Mr. Allen
April 2, 2015 In 313 AD the two Emperors of the Western and Eastern part of the Roman Empire met and made a decision that would change the faith of western Religion. In Milan, a city in northern Italy, they agreed on a statement that was later published as a letter and became known as the Edict of Milan. This letter was the turning point for Christianity and a key event for its rise to becoming the leading western Religion. This essay analyzes the events that led to the Edict of Milan and the impact it had on Christians in the Roman Empire, namely the legal, cultural, and economical effects, and the long-term consequences. The Edict of Milan was a letter sent by Licinius as a consequence of meeting Constantine in Milan.1 The letter was written by Licinius but in Constantine’s name as well.2 It was sent to Governors in the Eastern Empire to inform them that Christians in the East now were allowed to have the same rights as Christians in the West already had. The letter became known as the Edict of Milan and was a proclamation that made Christianity legal.3 Throughout the early times of the Roman Empire Christians were prosecuted and not treated well. They were used as scapegoats when things did not go well. People accused them of cannibalism and immoral behavior to justify treating them poorly. However, over time Christianity started growing, and as the communities grew stronger Christians became

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