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Constantine and the Conversion of Europe

byA.H.M. Jones

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'Constantine hardly deserves the title of Great which posterity has given him, either by his character or by his abilities. He was highly susceptible to flattery, and fell completely under the influence of any dominating personality who happened to be at his side Still less does Constantine deserve the title of saint, which the Eastern Church has bestowed upon him. He was, it is true, according to his lights, a good man on the whole, though his political murders - particularly that of Licinius - shocked even contemporary opinion, and his execution of his wife and son was felt by many to be an inexpiable stain on his character

To the other title which the Orthodox Church has bestowed upon him, "the Peer of the Apostles," he has a better claim, for his career profoundly influenced the history of the Church and the future of Christianity Constantine had no doubts about his imperial duty. It was his task to secure God's favour on the empire by securing, by force if necessary, that his subjects worshipped God in a manner pleasing to Him.'

Originally published by Macmillan, 1948.

A.H.M. Jones was a prominent 20th century British historian of classical antiquity, particularly of the later Roman Empire.
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Title:Constantine and the Conversion of EuropeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:222 pages, 9.12 × 6.03 × 0.53 inPublisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division

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ISBN - 10:0802063691

ISBN - 13:9780802063694

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A man as much despised as he was worshipped, Constantine is one of the great figures of history. He profoundly influenced the future of Christianity, and was even given the title of saint by the Eastern Church. But by many accounts, Constantine was also a murderer who plotted the deaths of his wife and son, as well as numerous political enemies. Constantine and the Conversion of Europe explores the life and legacy of this morally weak but hugely important figure in early European history.