Constantine the great
Fluvial Valueless Aurelia’s Constantly Augustus Fluvial Valerian Aurelia’s Connotations Augustus was one of few who went to the extremes of killing his own family members Just to keep his new booming Empire up and running. Constantine ruled from 306 A. D. Until 337 A. D. During Constantine the Greatest thirty-one years of ruling, he influenced the Roman Empire that affected the Roman people in a virtuous way. He strengthened Christianity In Rome and was a martyr in making Christianity a respected religion, he created economic reforms that helped the common people, and crafted impressive structures throughout the
Empire. Throughout Constantine reign, he strongly enforced Christianity and made It more popular throughout the Empire. Constantine the Great was a very influential man on Christianity and many admired what he did. He was the first roman emperor to ever support Christianity and make it a religion that was commonly used and allowed throughout Rome. Constantine striver vigorously to get Christianity into the world. He built buildings and supported the upbringing of Christian churches from all over Rome.
Constantine partner Cobbles, who was also really Into religious ileitis once stated “No Roman Emperor before Constantine had ever done this. Subside of Caesar was to see In Constantine the first emperor who was a ‘friend of god’ and thus chosen to proclaim his message to the world. “(Hardboard) Constantine himself was so into this religion, which was a religion that no one in Rome has ever embraced, that he urged the acceptance of Christian faith whenever he could. Constantine) By keeping the Divine faith, I am made a partaker of the light of truth: guided by the light of truth, I advance in the knowledge of the Divine Faith. Hence It is that, as my actions themselves evince, profess the most holy religion; and this worship I declare to be that which teaches me deeper acquaintance with the most holy God; aided by whose Divine power. Innings) Constantine did things such as participating and being a major role In the Edict of Milan.
The Edict of Milan was moreover a response to a problem in the churches of Alexandria. It was an assembly over the dispute weather Christians should be given the toleration, and restoration of any personal property that was confiscated during the prosecution. (Matthews) When Constantine put his time in to deciding the Edict of Milan it was just after the defeat of Magenta’s at Milan. Contributing to the Edict of Milan made him so empowered by the Christian faith he went beyond what the Edict of Milan concluded and donated bishops to Imperial property. Matthews) All through Constantine childhood he was brought up In a monotheistic household, His father enforced the rule that there must be strict adherence to the all mighty Sun God, which was popular in early day Rome. (Hardboard) During the course of his childhood he was obeying to his fathers rule, until Constantine saw the failure of the people who practiced polytheism as he grew apart from his dad. From that day on Constantine slowly moved away from his ‘old ways’ and started turning to Christianity instead.
Trying to save Rome from an economic down fall Constantine tried various things to assist the economy. He tried a variety of things from simply stabilizing the prices to more drastic things like creating new laws that helped benefit the free man. (Halls) “Tenants also who mediate flight may be bound with chains and reduced to a servile condition… They shall fulfill duties that befit free man. “nines 1970:312) No matter what Constantine did it ensured a positive impact on the Roman economy. Other things like ensuing social stability to make the people within the empire come and worry-free.
Though is less drastic measures were working he knew that he needed more powerful actions to fully restore the Roman Empire to its’ original state. Such administrative reforms like the monetary reform were introduced into the economy, which ultimately lead to the establishment of the gold coin. The gold coin had a great succession and was used for trade throughout the whole world. (Several) The coin was a gold solidus that had very little change and was stable in the entire empire until the fall of the Byzantine Empire. Consequently, Constantine hard work did not pay of when the economic stress of Rome ultimately divided Rome.
The result of high taxes that couldn’t be resolved caused distress and anxiety among many people in Ancient Rome. Also the Roman government wasn’t supposed to support as big of an empire as the empire grew to be. The government was more comfortable supporting and more experienced with small city-states and never expected for the Empire to grow that drastically. The effect of the economic stress divided Rome into two different capitals and empires. (Cohen) Division between West and East Rome also made the coin that was introduced useless due to inflation, which eventually ended in Romeos workers to stop working.
During his ruling he also made impressive structures and basilicas in Rome. Almost everything Constantine did during his rule was to help Rome and especially to help the spread of Christianity. Even through the monumental architecture where he made his first basilica over the tomb of SST. Peter, to the arch of Constantine, to the Christi Gram, which later became the symbol of Rome. Eventually Constantine announced the Christi-Gram, which became the first Christian symbol that spread throughout the east and west.
Going into the battle against Magenta’s, he had the Christi-gram painted on his soldiers shield and was he official symbol at that battle. The Christi-gram came from Greek letters Chi and Or, which was thought to mean Christ. (Morris) The next spectacular thing Constantine Contributed to Rome was The Arch of Constantine. The Arch of Constantine was built to commemorate the victory of Constantine over Majesties in the battle over the Mulligan Bridge in 312 A. D. The arch was to celebrate Constantine tenth anniversary of his reign. Still) In search to make his already booming empire better, Constantine conquered other empires to further expand his Empire. To develop his empire even move he went to war with Majesties, Luscious, ND even his own family. The fight first occurred at the bride of Milan and ended the era to political division, which reunified the Roman Empire (Constantine). The reason for the conflict is that Majesties extended his ruling to Spain and North Africa and Constantine expanding into Gaul (Smiths). However Constantine still wanted to flourish and also tried to conquer Spain and North Africa.
Subsequently the dispute between who wanted to expand where and into what part of Rome started the rival between the two. Up until the war with Luscious, there were two rulers in Rome during Constantine time. Constantine ruled with another ruler named Luscious until they fought each other in battle twice. The first time Luscious and Constantine clashed was at Adrenaline in Thrace, and then later in Acropolis on the Bosporus in 324. One known reason for the disagreement was Constantine Violated treaty terms and conditions when Luscious was not k with his decisions.
Winning both wars in 325 Constantine showed he was the sole and undisputed master of the Roman World, and became a solo ruler. (Gill) To keep his prosperous Byzantine Empire up and running Constantine even went to extreme like moving the capital and even killing is own family members. Constantine killed every family member that tried to intervene with his Empire, such as his son Crisps, his wife Faust, and his daughter Maxima. (Hardboard) Killing his family members insured that they would not bring down his newly rising Byzantine Empire, because Constantine saw them as enemies and not friends.
Moving away from the Pagan encrusted Rome to an all-new capital in the Byzantine Empire called Constantinople, established old Rome into a more successful place. In 286 Diocletian moved the Roman Capital to Italy where Constantine wrote religious toleration documents, which “established a compelling UAPITA in the East and put another nail in the Commas figurative coffin. ” (Gill) The new capital Constantine moved into helped him further his conquest in making Christianity even more popular. The capital was mainly focused on being a good empire and making Christianity accepted.
Overall the moving of the capital to Constantinople got the Roman people away from the polytheistic and pagan Rome, which helped the people accept the religion more easily. Some people would argue that Constantine was a bad emperor because he used Christianity to gain political power and not to support Christianity for the good of it. Although people say his something from it. “He knew nothing of religion without politics, or politics without religion. ” This quote shows that he basically based everything of politics and religion and they both helped him make executive decisions throughout his reign.
However Constantine wasn’t the only one who used Christianity to help his political career. “People like Alexander Envies, Stephan, first Christian kind of Serbia and Vladimir, enlightened of Russia” used violence and political manipulation to bring people to the Christian faith. ” (Hardboard) Clearly Constantine wasn’t the only emperor or ruler hat used political manipulation; nonetheless Constantine used it for good the good of spreading Christianity throughout Rome. In the end of Constantine ruling, he brought more worthy and respectable contributions to the Roman Empire then bad.
In addition to Constantine becoming the first Roman Emperor to convert to Christianity and he was a benevolent ruler that looked after the well being of his people. He gave his time and used his political power to let Christianity become a accepted religion in Rome, set new economic reforms in motion to keep the Empire from falling, chipped in to the uprising artistic oral, and even fought his own family to keep Rome functioning properly. ” This great king was the first Roman ruler to champion the cause of Christ.