Some hundred years after constantine's 'conversion', christianity seemed to be entrenched as the established religion, sponsored by emperors and protected in law but this did not mean that. Beginning with norman h baynes' constantine the great and the christian church (1929) and reinforced by andreas alföldi's the conversion of constantine and pagan rome (1948), a historiographic tradition developed which presented constantine as a committed christian. Now, whether constantine's conversion was heartfelt or whether he used his new found faith as an exaggerated good luck charm is still fodder for great debate among historians and theologians. Constantine i was roman emperor from 306 to 337 ce realizing that the roman empire was too large for one man to adequately rule, emperor diocletian (284-305 ce) split the empire into two, creating a tetrachy or rule of four.
A major turning point in western history occurred when the roman emperor constantine converted to christianity in 312 ce whether constantine's conversion was sincere or politically motivated (or a combination of the two), historians can only speculate but the result was the end of persecution of christians and the beginning of christendom. Constantine the great (latin: flavius valerius aurelius constantinus augustus greek: κωνσταντῖνος ὁ μέγας 27 february c 272 ad - 22 may 337 ad), also known as constantine i, was a roman emperor who ruled between 306 and 337 ad. Constantine i was a roman emperor who ruled early in the 4th century he was the first christian emperor and saw the empire begin to become a christian state constantine i was born circa 280 in. Constantine the great was a roman emperor of illyrian ancestry who ruled from 306 to 337 ad he was a popular emperor, famous for the numerous administrative, financial, social, and military reforms he implemented to strengthen the empire.
Emperor constantine the great: pagan, christian, or first pope this is a reply to the claim of some protestant fundamentalists that the roman emperor constantine the great or constantine i (born c 280 - died 337 ad) remained a pagan, was never a christian, and was the first pope. He was a great historian, the first to make a significant contribution to church history, and his major work was the history of the church which took him 25 years to prepare he also knew constantine personally, so in many ways it is a thoroughly reliable account. Constantine (272 - 337 ce), also known as constantine the great or constantine i, was an emperor of the roman empire he is most noted for his official conversion to christianity and the shift of power in the empire to the east, which began the empire's transformation into the byzantine empire. Constantine's conversion one of the most surprising christian heroes in the entire tradition, i think, is constantine he is, first of all, a successful general.
Constantine the great is known in history as the first roman emperor to convert to christianity however, legends and archaeological evidence suggest a different story- it seems that constantine had a secret about his faith which was hidden for centuries. Constantine becomes a christian after seeing symbol in the sky constantine's new standard bearing the chi rho which is the first two letters in the name christ edict of milan 313 ad: constantine granted full tolerance to christianity and other religions. War a religious war25 licinius had begun minor christian persecutions and constantine deemed it his duty to rescue the christians in the other half of the empire 26 constantine defeated licinius and became sole emperor in ad 324 27.
Constantine chose to create his new capital of the eastern roman empire at the site of what ancient city arianism constantine called a great church council that met at nicaea in 325 to address a dispute over what doctrine. Christianity made state religion of roman empire in the spring of 311, with 40,000 soldiers behind him, constantine rode toward rome to confront an enemy whose numbers were four times his own maxentius, vying for supremacy in the west, waited in rome with his italian troops and the elite praetorian guard, confident no one could successfully invade the city. During his early life, the roman empire was divided into a tetrarchy of four emperors: two senior emperors with the title augustus and two junior emperors with the title caesar constantine's father constantius was the junior emperor or caesar of the western half of the empire.
The idea of tradition and incorporating something new into said tradition in a single moment can be shown with roman emperor constantine the great and christianity while emperor constantine reigned (306-337 ad), christianity began to transition to the dominant religion of the roman empire. Constantine (27 february 272 - 22 may 337), known as constantine the great, were a roman emperor and agent of the christianization of the roman empire: born at naissus (now niš in serbia), the only son of helena and flavius constantius, constantine was assured a prominent role in roman politics when diocletian, the senior emperor in the tetrarchy, appointed his father caesar in 293. During the reign of the roman emperor constantine the great (ad 306-337), christianity began to transition to the dominant religion of the roman empire historians remain uncertain about constantine's reasons for favoring christianity, and theologians and historians have often argued about which form of early christianity he subscribed to.