Late Antiquity

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Constantine the Great also popularly known as Saint Constantine ruled the Roman Empire from 306 - 337. He was a born Octavian in 63 BCE and was adopted by Julius Caesar. He took Rome at power in 29 BCE and was given the title “Augustus” in 27 BCE (The Roman Empire 29 BCE - 235 CE, I Historical Outline, 325). The timing of Constantine’s adoption of Christianity resulted in the spread of Christianity as a religion in the world. It was time when Christianity was suffering because of prosecutions of the Christian's by the barbaric. With the conquest of Roman empire by Constantine in 312 AD, Christianity became the dominant religion in Rome. Constantine after meeting with Cicinnus, issued the Edict of Milan and made Christianity and its practice legal (Cameron, 57). The confiscated property of the Church were also returned. Hence, under the reign of Constantine the Great, Christianity became an important religion in Rome, and it also grew to became an influential religion in Europe and the Western countries.
There were many changes that were noticed in Constantine’s rule after his conversion to Christianity. Also, the experiences of his non-christian counter parts describe the strength of the Christianity as a religion and how it influenced the subjects in Constantine’s time. The battle at Milia Bridge was an important and significant turning point in the history of Christianity as a religion because this is when Constantine becomes devoted to the religion. Constantine and Cicinnus were two men beloved to God and hence, God proved their ally and helped them defeat their foes (Eusebius, 359).
There were significant changes that were witnessed when Constantine who was already a strong ruler converted to Christianity. Constantine’s co...

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...ool to rule his subjects and gave freedom to Christians to practice their religion. However, he failed to see the future consequences and failed at treating Christianity at par with other religions as paganism. He also failed to see that he gave more and more power to the Church in the administrative affairs that resulted in diminished imperial rule. In the times to come after Constantine’s death his successor’s witnessed the growing intervention of the church in the matters of state administration (Cameron, 21). Constantine’s conversion of Christianity is an integral milestone in popularizing Christianity and today it is a dominating religion not only in Europe, the rest of the world, as well. It can be rightly concluded, that Constantine’s development of Roman empire as a Christian state was passed down to throughout Europe and the western world as his legacy.
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