Constantine, Divine Emperor of the Christian Golden Age by Jonathan BardillConstantine, Divine Emperor of the Christian Golden Age by Jonathan Bardill

Constantine, Divine Emperor of the Christian Golden Age

byJonathan Bardill

Hardcover | October 31, 2011

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Constantine, Divine Emperor of the Christian Golden Age offers a radical reassessment of Constantine as an emperor, a pagan, and a Christian. The book examines in detail a wide variety of evidence, including literature, secular and religious architectural monuments, coins, sculpture, and other works of art. Setting the emperor in the context of the kings and emperors who preceded him, Jonathan Bardill shows how Constantine's propagandists exploited the traditional themes and imagery of rulership to portray him as having been elected by the supreme solar God to save his people and inaugurate a brilliant golden age. The author argues that the cultivation of this image made it possible for Constantine to reconcile the long-standing tradition of imperial divinity with his monotheistic faith by assimilating himself to Christ.
Title:Constantine, Divine Emperor of the Christian Golden AgeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:470 pages, 10.98 × 8.46 × 0.98 inPublished:October 31, 2011Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521764238

ISBN - 13:9780521764230


Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. A change of image; 2. Emperors and divine protectors; 3. The saving ruler and the Logos-Nomos; 4. The hippodrome procession; 5. The symbol from the sun, the standard, and the sarcophagus; 6. The Roman Colossus; 7. Constantine and Christianity; 8. Sol and Christianity; 9. Constantine as Christ; Epilogue.

Editorial Reviews

"This lavishly designed volume ..., furnished with numerous black-and-white illustrations, undoubtedly belongs among the most important books published in 2012, a year over-abundant with publications on Constantine. ... It deserves great recognition, both because of its synthetic achievement and because of the formulation of arguments that are perfectly more plausible or at least worthy of discussion." --Bryn Mawr Classical Review