Porphyrogennētos, “born in the purple”) (905–959), East Roman emperor, author and patron of literature, was the son of Leo VI. Constantine now gave Maxentius his meagre support, offering Maxentius political recognition. Constantine's mother, Helena, was from humble beginnings; it is unknown whether she was the wife or concubine of Constantius.  Eventually, however, Constantine decided to work on the Greek city of Byzantium, which offered the advantage of having already been extensively rebuilt on Roman patterns of urbanism, during the preceding century, by Septimius Severus and Caracalla, who had already acknowledged its strategic importance. Exclusion of the old senatorial aristocracy threatened this arrangement. , Constantine recognized the implicit danger in remaining at Galerius' court, where he was held as a virtual hostage. Bowman, p. 70; Potter, 283; Williams, 49, 65. His army was defeated by the Muslims, and Constantine himself suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Kardam of Bulgaria in the 792 Battle of Marcellae. They clashed again at the Battle of Mardia in 317, and agreed to a settlement in which Constantine's sons Crispus and Constantine II, and Licinius' son Licinianus were made caesars.  Verona surrendered soon afterwards, followed by Aquileia, Mutina (Modena), and Ravenna. Constantine VII. Constantine adopts the Greek letters Chi Rho for Christ's initials. , Modern interpretations of Constantine's rule begin with Jacob Burckhardt's The Age of Constantine the Great (1853, rev. Licinius fled across the Bosphorus and appointed Martinian, his magister officiorum, as nominal Augustus in the West, but Constantine next won the Battle of the Hellespont, and finally the Battle of Chrysopolis on 18 September 324. Over the spring and summer of 307 AD, he had left Gaul for Britain to avoid any involvement in the Italian turmoil; now, instead of giving Maxentius military aid, he sent his troops against Germanic tribes along the Rhine.  The Legio II Parthica was removed from Albano Laziale, and the remainder of Maxentius' armies were sent to do frontier duty on the Rhine. , It is unlikely that Constantine played any role in the persecution.  Piganiol's Constantine is a philosophical monotheist, a child of his era's religious syncretism. Popular disapproval was expressed by Theodote's uncle, Plato of Sakkoudion, who even broke communion with Tarasios for his passive stance. Kōnstantînos; 27 February c. 272 – 22 May 337), also known as Constantine the Great, was a Roman emperor from 306 to 337. Before dying, he declared his support for raising Constantine to the rank of full augustus. The military chiefs had risen from the ranks since the Crisis of the Third Century but remained outside the senate, in which they were included only by Constantine's children.  Early in the spring of 312 AD, Constantine crossed the Cottian Alps with a quarter of his army, a force numbering about 40,000. The keepers prophesied that, on that very day, "the enemy of the Romans" would die. Memorial; Photos ; Flowers ; Byzantine Emperor. Persian diplomats came to Constantinople over the winter of 336–337, seeking peace, but Constantine turned them away.  Constantine could recall his presence at the palace when the messenger returned, when Diocletian accepted his court's demands for universal persecution. He restructured the government, separating civil and military authorities. Under the regency of his mother, Irene, iconoclasm was suppressed and the Seventh Ecumenical Council was convened under a decree signed by Constantine. The Annals of Tigernach report that Constantine was killed in a battle between the Scots in 997: "A battle between the Scots, in which fell Constantine son of Culannan, king of Scotland, and many others." Outnumbered, but fired by their zeal, Constantine's army emerged victorious in the Battle of Adrianople. He crushed this revolt with extreme cruelty in 793. He won a victory in the war and extended his control over the region, as remains of camps and fortifications in the region indicate. His final act was to demand that only his sons succeed him, forcing his wife Eudokia Makrembolitissa to take a vow not to remarry. , Once in control of the state, Constantine proved incapable of sound governance. In July 310 AD, Maximian hanged himself.  His influence over the Church councils was to enforce doctrine, root out heresy, and uphold ecclesiastical unity; the Church's role was to determine proper worship, doctrines, and dogma. Soon after the Feast of Easter 337, Constantine fell seriously ill. He left Constantinople for the hot baths near his mother's city of Helenopolis (Altinova), on the southern shores of the Gulf of Nicomedia (present-day Gulf of İzmit). He declared war on Constantine, vowing to avenge his father's "murder". Constantine is not revered as a saint but as “the great” in the, Birth dates vary, but most modern historians use ". A popular myth arose, modified to allude to the Hippolytus–Phaedra legend, with the suggestion that Constantine killed Crispus and Fausta for their immoralities; the largely fictional Passion of Artemius explicitly makes this connection.  He decreed a formal end to persecution and returned to Christians all that they had lost during them. His reputation flourished during the lifetime of his children and for centuries after his reign.  In response, the Senate decreed him "title of the first name", which meant that his name would be listed first in all official documents, and they acclaimed him as "the greatest Augustus". Constantine left the empire to his three surviving sons upon his death …  Odahl, 82–83.  He chose the Arianizing bishop Eusebius of Nicomedia, bishop of the city where he lay dying, as his baptizer. The division was merely pragmatic: the empire was called "indivisible" in official panegyric, and both emperors could move freely throughout the empire. VIII.—He is succeeded by three sons and a nephew, Constantine, Constantine, Constans, and Dalmatius; Constantius survives them all, and becomes sole emperor, suppressing Veteranio and Nepotian, IX.-XI. He minted a coin issue after his victory over the Alemanni which depicts weeping and begging Alemannic tribesmen, "the Alemanni conquered" beneath the phrase "Romans' rejoicing". Constantine was the only child of Emperor Leo IV and his wife Irene of Athens.He was born in 771 and was crowned co-emperor by his father in 776.  He died soon after the edict's proclamation, destroying what little remained of the tetrarchy.  According to Eusebius, inter-regional travel became impossible, and there was military buildup everywhere. After a few years of sole rule Constantine named his mother Empress in 792, making her his official colleague.  The first town his army encountered was Segusium (Susa, Italy), a heavily fortified town that shut its gates to him. generally without bloodshed, but resorting to confiscations and sacking of Christian office-holders.  His main language was Latin, and during his public speeches he needed Greek translators. The failure resided in the fact that the silver currency was overvalued in terms of its actual metal content, and therefore could only circulate at much discounted rates. , Although Constantine created his apparent heirs "Caesars", following a pattern established by Diocletian, he gave his creations a hereditary character, alien to the tetrarchic system: Constantine's Caesars were to be kept in the hope of ascending to Empire, and entirely subordinated to their Augustus, as long as he was alive. Elliott's The Christianity of Constantine the Great (1996), which presented Constantine as a committed Christian from early childhood.  Although no contemporary Christian challenged Constantine for his inaction during the persecutions, it remained a political liability throughout his life. With his mother becoming Empress regnant upon his deposition, the papacy crowned Charlemagne as a new Emperor in Western Europe, asserting that a woman could not be Empress in her own right. Irene had immediate problems and had to quash a rebellion led by the other sons of Constantine V(r. 741-775 CE) and half-brothers of Leo IV. The surviving part begins with a digression on the Secular Games, which Zosimus must have inserted after his account of the resignation of Diocletian and Maximian.After this, Constantine became sole ruler, and with him, the rise of Christianity began. Saint Constantin and Helena, mother of Constantine I icon, Syria (14th Century).jpg 2,592 × 3,808; 5.91 MB Sarcophagi Byzantine emperors Istanbul (11).JPG 1,024 × 768; 88 KB Stamp of emperor Constantinus I Magnus.jpg 843 × 562; 53 KB Italics indicates a junior co-emperor, while underlining indicates a usurper. His tutor was Anton Florian, Prince of Liechtenstein.  The oration's religious shift is paralleled by a similar shift in Constantine's coinage. , After a conspiracy against Irene was suppressed in the spring of 790 she attempted to get official recognition as empress. , Constantine had his eldest son Crispus seized and put to death by "cold poison" at Pola (Pula, Croatia) sometime between 15 May and 17 June 326. He may have attended the lectures of Lactantius, a Christian scholar of Latin in the city. Being described as a tolerant and politically skilled man, Constantius advanced through the ranks, earning the governorship of Dalmatia from Emperor Diocletian, another of Aurelian's companions from Illyricum, in 284 or 285.  His military skill and building projects, however, soon gave the panegyrist the opportunity to comment favourably on the similarities between father and son, and Eusebius remarked that Constantine was a "renewal, as it were, in his own person, of his father's life and reign".  In spite of meritocratic overtones, the Tetrarchy retained vestiges of hereditary privilege, and Constantine became the prime candidate for future appointment as caesar as soon as his father took the position. In 313, he met Licinius in Milan to secure their alliance by the marriage of Licinius and Constantine's half-sister Constantia.  Other cities of the north Italian plain sent Constantine embassies of congratulation for his victory. Constantine VI (Greek: Κωνσταντῖνος Ϛ΄, Kōnstantinos VI; 771 – before 805) was Byzantine Emperor from 780 to 797. Henry Charles Lea, "The 'Donation of Constantine'". , He then divorced his wife Maria of Amnia, who had failed to provide him with a male heir, and married his mistress Theodote, an unpopular and canonically illegal act which sparked off the so-called "Moechian Controversy".  The ecclesiastical histories of Socrates, Sozomen, and Theodoret describe the ecclesiastic disputes of Constantine's later reign. , The death of Maximian required a shift in Constantine's public image. , The epitomes of Aurelius Victor (De Caesaribus), Eutropius (Breviarium), Festus (Breviarium), and the anonymous author of the Epitome de Caesaribus offer compressed secular political and military histories of the period. He disembarked at Lugdunum (Lyon). Instead, the orator proclaims that Constantine experienced a divine vision of Apollo and Victory granting him laurel wreaths of health and a long reign. This laid the foundations of a new polity, independent of the East, that would evolve into the Holy Roman Empire. Constantine soon heard of the rebellion, abandoned his campaign against the Franks, and marched his army up the Rhine.  Because Diocletian did not completely trust Constantius—none of the Tetrarchs fully trusted their colleagues—Constantine was held as something of a hostage, a tool to ensure Constantius' best behavior. Constantine planned to be baptized in the Jordan River before crossing into Persia.  On 23 February AD 303, Diocletian ordered the destruction of Nicomedia's new church, condemned its scriptures to the flames, and had its treasures seized. He sponsored many building projects throughout Gaul during his tenure as emperor of the West, especially in Augustodunum (Autun) and Arelate (Arles). Constantine VI was the emperor of the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) empire from 780 to 797. He planned a great campaign against the Sassanid rulers of Persia but fell ill in 337. After a long evening of drinking, Galerius granted the request. , In spite of the earlier rupture in their relations, Maxentius was eager to present himself as his father's devoted son after his death. , In the early 820s, the rebel Thomas the Slav claimed to be Constantine VI in an effort to gain support against Michael II.  He supported the Church financially, built basilicas, granted privileges to clergy (such as exemption from certain taxes), promoted Christians to high office, and returned property confiscated during the long period of persecution.  The city was thus founded in 324, dedicated on 11 May 330 and renamed Constantinopolis ("Constantine's City" or Constantinople in English).  Constantine initially presented the suicide as an unfortunate family tragedy. A large Cross was planned to be built on a hill overlooking Niš, but the project was cancelled. Lieu, "Constantine in Legendary Literature" (CC), 298–301. According to this legend, Constantine was soon baptized and began the construction of a church in the Lateran Palace.  It was not to be: Constantius and Galerius were promoted to augusti, while Severus and Maximinus Daia, Galerius' nephew, were appointed their caesars respectively. He strengthened the circuit wall around the city with military towers and fortified gates, and he began building a palace complex in the northeastern part of the city. , In 321, he legislated that the venerable Sunday should be a day of rest for all citizens.  At the time of the executions, it was commonly believed that Empress Fausta was either in an illicit relationship with Crispus or was spreading rumors to that effect.  Eusebius is vague about when and where these events took place, but it enters his narrative before the war begins against Maxentius.  He issued decrees returning property that was lost under Maxentius, recalling political exiles, and releasing Maxentius' imprisoned opponents.  Constantine, with a spirit that left a deep impression on his followers, inspiring some to believe that he had some form of supernatural guidance, ignored all these cautions. Constantine was the first Roman emperor to convert to Christianity. In the later Byzantine state, it became a great honor for an emperor to be hailed as a "new Constantine"; ten emperors carried the name, including the last emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire. Licinius, one of Galerius' old military companions, was appointed augustus in the western regions. He also extended many benefits to pagan priests who became Christian ministers. Licinius, aided by Gothic mercenaries, represented the past and the ancient pagan faiths. Burckhardt's Constantine is a scheming secularist, a politician who manipulates all parties in a quest to secure his own power. , An extensive propaganda campaign followed, during which Maxentius' image was purged from all public places. The medieval church held him up as a paragon of virtue, while secular rulers invoked him as a prototype, a point of reference and the symbol of imperial legitimacy and identity.  Additionally, no earlier source mentions that Helena was born in Britain, let alone that she was a princess.  The Church of the Holy Sepulchre was built on his orders at the purported site of Jesus' tomb in Jerusalem and became the holiest place in Christendom. , These later accounts were more willing to present Constantine as a genuine convert to Christianity. New and highly debased silver pieces continued to be issued during his later reign and after his death, in a continuous process of retariffing, until this bullion minting ceased in 367, and the silver piece was continued by various denominations of bronze coins, the most important being the centenionalis. Madgearu, Alexandru  Later emperors such as Julian the Apostate insisted on trustworthy mintings of the bronze currency.  It came sooner than he had expected.  The Donation of Constantine appeared in the eighth century, most likely during the pontificate of Pope Stephen II (752–757), in which the freshly converted Constantine gives "the city of Rome and all the provinces, districts, and cities of Italy and the Western regions" to Sylvester and his successors. There was "not a place where people were not expecting the onset of hostilities every day".  Some modern historians see in those administrative reforms an attempt by Constantine at reintegrating the senatorial order into the imperial administrative elite to counter the possibility of alienating pagan senators from a Christianized imperial rule; however, such an interpretation remains conjectural, given the fact that we do not have the precise numbers about pre-Constantine conversions to Christianity in the old senatorial milieu.  In his later writings, he would attempt to present himself as an opponent of Diocletian's "sanguinary edicts" against the "Worshippers of God", but nothing indicates that he opposed it effectively at the time. , Constantine was largely untried and had a hint of illegitimacy about him; he relied on his father's reputation in his early propaganda, which gave as much coverage to his father's deeds as to his. , Some of the ancient sources detail plots that Galerius made on Constantine's life in the months following Diocletian's abdication. The Roman army was reorganised to consist of mobile units (comitatenses), and garrison troops (limitanei) capable of countering internal threats and barbarian invasions. , Flavius Valerius Constantinus, as he was originally named, was born in the city of Naissus (today Niš, Serbia), part of the Dardania province of Moesia on 27 February, probably c. AD 272. Afraid of the Romans, Cole submitted to Roman law so long as he retained his kingship.  In 323, he issued a decree banning Christians from participating in state sacrifices. When not campaigning, he toured his lands advertising his benevolence and supporting the economy and the arts. This page was last edited on 6 May 2019, at 16:40. Once that was dealt with, she ensured the loyalty of the palace entourag… Family. Death of Constantine . Barnes, "Statistics and the Conversion of the Roman Aristocracy", Walter Scheidel, "The Monetary Systems of the Han and Roman Empires", 174/175. The new city was protected by the relics of the True Cross, the Rod of Moses and other holy relics, though a cameo now at the Hermitage Museum also represented Constantine crowned by the tyche of the new city. Some historians suggest that early conversions among the old aristocracy were more numerous than previously supposed. , Brescia's army was easily dispersed, and Constantine quickly advanced to Verona, where a large Maxentian force was camped. In 308 AD, he raided the territory of the Bructeri, and made a bridge across the Rhine at Colonia Agrippinensium (Cologne). They assert that Galerius assigned Constantine to lead an advance unit in a cavalry charge through a swamp on the middle Danube, made him enter into single combat with a lion, and attempted to kill him in hunts and wars. This system would later be called the Tetrarchy. Bleckmann, "Sources for the History of Constantine" (CC), 27–28; Lieu and Montserrat, 2–6; Odahl, 6–7; Warmington, 166–67.  After the ceremonies, the disembodied head was sent to Carthage, and Carthage offered no further resistance. The papal claim to temporal power in the High Middle Ages was based on the fabricated Donation of Constantine. Diocletian's first appointee for the office of Caesar was Constantius; his second was Galerius, a native of Felix Romuliana. In attendance were Diocletian, briefly returned from retirement, Galerius, and Maximian. The only child of Emperor Leo IV, Constantine was named co-emperor with him at the age of five in 776 and succeeded him as sole Emperor in 780, aged nine.His mother Irene exercised control over him as regent until 790, assisted by her chief minister Staurakios. Lenski, "Reign of Constantine" (CC), 60–61; Odahl, 72–74; Pohlsander, CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (.  Constantine's army arrived on the field bearing unfamiliar symbols on their standards and their shields. Constantine was crowned co-emperor by his father in 776, and succeeded as sole emperor in 780, at the age of nine.  The Franks learned of Constantine's acclamation and invaded Gaul across the lower Rhine over the winter of 306–307 AD. According to Lactantius, Galerius was a brutal, animalistic man. He requested the baptism right away, promising to live a more Christian life should he live through his illness. , The Holy Roman Empire reckoned Constantine among the venerable figures of its tradition.  Written during the reign of Theodosius II (AD 408–450), a century after Constantine's reign, these ecclesiastical historians obscure the events and theologies of the Constantinian period through misdirection, misrepresentation, and deliberate obscurity.  The portrait was wreathed in bay. Constantine and his Franks marched under the standard of the labarum, and both sides saw the battle in religious terms. Origen also took up the cause of freedom. In the months that followed, churches and scriptures were destroyed, Christians were deprived of official ranks, and priests were imprisoned.  He summoned the bishops, and told them of his hope to be baptized in the River Jordan, where Christ was written to have been baptized.  According to Lactantius, Constantine followed a tolerant policy towards Christianity, although he was not yet a Christian himself.  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