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Constantine the Great, Emperor of Rome

hotographs, Illustrations, Pictures from the Life of Emperor Constantine

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Flavius Valerius Aurelius Constantine (c. 272 - 337), better known as Constantine the Great, was perhaps the most important person in the development of the early Christian Church (after Jesus and Paul, naturally). Constantine's defeat of Maxentius at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge put him in a powerful position, but not one of supreme power. He controlled Italy, North Africa, and the Western provinces.

Constantine's chief goal was always creating and maintaining unity, be it political, economic or, eventually, religious. For Constantine, one of the greatest threats to Roman domination and peace was disunity. Christianity filled Constantine's need for a basis of religious unity quite well. Just as significant as Constantine’s conversion to and official toleration of Christianity was his unprecedented decision to move the capital of the Roman empire from Rome itself to Constantinople.

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Head from the Colossal Marble Statue of Constantine the Great, Located in the Musei Capitolini, RomeHead from the Colossal Marble Statue of Constantine the GreatConstantine Statue, erected 1998 at York Minster, where Troops Named Constantine Named Emperor, 306Statue of the Roman Emperor Constantine, Erected in 1998 at York MinsterConstantine Sees a Vision of the Cross in the Sky Before the Battle at Milvian BridgeConstantine Sees a Vision of the Cross in the SkyCross Banner Used by Constantine at the Battle of Milvian Bridge, as his Vision Instructed HimThe Cross Banner Used by Constantine as his Vision Instructed Him
Bronze Bust of Constantine the Great, Located in the Musei Capitolini, RomeBronze Head of Constantine the GreatStatue of Constantine on a Horse, Witnessing the Sign of the Cross Before: Battle at Milvian BridgeStatue of Constantine on his Horse before the Battle at Milvian BridgeRoman Emperor Constantine Fights Maxentius in the Battle of Milvian BridgeRoman Emperor Constantine Fights Maxentius in the Battle of Milvian BridgeRoman Emperor Constantine Fights in the Battle of Milvian BridgeRoman Emperor Constantine Fights in the Battle of Milvian Bridge
Constantine Presides Over the Council of NicaeaConstantine Presides Over the Council of NicaeaMosaic of Emperor Constantine from Hagia Sophia, c 1000, Scene: Constantine with Model of the CityMosaic of Emperor Constantine from the Hagia SophiaConstantine and his Mother, Helena. Painting by Cima da ConeglianoConstantine and his Mother, Helena. Painting by Cima da Conegliano
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