Sources[ edit ] Constantine was a ruler of major importance, and he has always been a controversial figure. These are abundant and detailed,  but they have been strongly influenced by the official propaganda of the period  and are often one-sided;  no contemporaneous histories or biographies dealing with his life and rule have survived.
Constantine had to exercise some caution and not upset too many people, especially the army. In one instance, when he referred to Arius, Constantine talked about the serpent and the Devil as if they were one. The medallions were portraits of Constantine I and two of his sons.
Eusebius did not meet Constantine untiland Crispus was dead byso the other two sons are the most likely candidates to have been represented on the standard.
From the cross-bar of the spear was suspended a cloth, a royal piece, covered with a profuse embroidery of most brilliant precious stones; and which, being also richly interlaced with gold, presented an indescribable degree of beauty to the beholder. This banner was of a square form, and the upright staff, whose lower section was of great length, bore a golden half-length portrait of the pious emperor and his children on its upper part, beneath the trophy of the cross, and immediately above the embroidered banner.
It may even turn up on other coins, like this votive from Siscia. It was used more in eastern mints, maybe because Constantine was shifting his capitol to Constantinople.
Why did Constantine use this bust type? This type was probably copied from an earlier Greek design, but what, if anything, prompted the use of this type? This type was being issued circa During this time, Constantine summoned the Council of Nicea in and celebrated his vicennalia 15 year anniversary.
Eusebius tells us this type was issued because of the religious conviction of Constantine. Constantine was also in the process of moving the capitol to Constantinople at this time.
A message of his increasing beliefs and convictions.Constantine reigned during the 4th century CE and is known for attempting to Christianize the Roman iridis-photo-restoration.com made the persecution of Christians illegal by signing the Edict of Milan in and helped spread the religion by bankrolling church-building projects, commissioning new copies of the Bible, and summoning councils of theologians to hammer out the religion’s doctrinal kinks.
In , Constantine commissioned Eusebius to deliver fifty Bibles for the Church of Constantinople. Athanasius (iridis-photo-restoration.com 4) recorded around Alexandrian scribes preparing Bibles for iridis-photo-restoration.com else is known. It has been speculated that this may have provided motivation for canon lists, and that Codex Vaticanus and Codex .
Constantine, named Flavius Valerius Constantinus, was born in the military city of Naissus Serbia) on the February 27, of an uncertain iridis-photo-restoration.com father was Flavius Constantius, a native of Moesia Superior. Some have argued that Constantine’s conversion to Christianity was politically motivated.
At least openly, Constantine ascribed much of his political success to the grace of a Christian God, even claiming to have won a battle because of a divinely sourced vision he had received beforehand.
on bronze coins of Constantine the Great Some ancient sources (Eusebius. The History of the Church ) say that Philip, Roman emperor from A.D.
, was the first Christian emperor.
This passage is from the Origo Constantini -- "This Constantine was the first Christian Emperor except for Philip (the Arab) who, or so it seems to me, . How did Constantine I convert to Christianity?
Why did he favour the Christians? What did he do to advance the cause of Christianity?