Who Was Constantine the Great?: Constantine

Who Was Constantine the Great?

Who Was Constantine the Great?: Constantine

This is the head of Constantine the Great.  He converted empire to Christianity.  Establishes freedom of religion.

This is the head of Constantine the Great. He converted empire to Christianity. Establishes freedom of religion.

During the First Council of Nicaea in 325 C.E., the Roman emperor Constantine said, "… Let us then have nothing in common with the detestable Jewish crowd; for we have received from our Saviour a different way." In 329, he issued an edict providing for the death penalty for any non-Jew who embraced the Jewish faith, as well as for Jews who encouraged them. Jews were forbidden marriage to Christians, an edict echoed 1600 years later in the Nuremberg Laws in the 1930's.

During the First Council of Nicaea in 325 C.E., the Roman emperor Constantine said, "… Let us then have nothing in common with the detestable Jewish crowd; for we have received from our Saviour a different way." In 329, he issued an edict providing for the death penalty for any non-Jew who embraced the Jewish faith, as well as for Jews who encouraged them. Jews were forbidden marriage to Christians, an edict echoed 1600 years later in the Nuremberg Laws in the 1930's.

Emperor Constantine in the fourth century CE made the capital Constantinepole.  Separate emperors ruled from it after his death.  Pictured here is a bust of Constantine.

Emperor Constantine in the fourth century CE made the capital Constantinepole. Separate emperors ruled from it after his death. Pictured here is a bust of Constantine.

Emperor Constantine I presents a representation of the city of Constantinople as tribute to an enthroned Mary and Christ Child in this church mosaic. St Sophia, c. 1000

Emperor Constantine I presents a representation of the city of Constantinople as tribute to an enthroned Mary and Christ Child in this church mosaic. St Sophia, c. 1000

Christian Symbolism on coins of Constantine the Great

Christian Symbolism on coins of Constantine the Great

During the rule of Roman Emperor Constantine the Great (reigned 306–337), Christianity became a dominant religion of the Roman Empire

During the rule of Roman Emperor Constantine the Great (reigned 306–337), Christianity became a dominant religion of the Roman Empire

May 18 332 - Constantine the great announces free amounts of food to citizens in Constantinople

May 18 332 - Constantine the great announces free amounts of food to citizens in Constantinople

Constantine I. R. 306-337. Constantine was the 1st Christian emperor. Constantine decided to establish a new Eastern capital representing the integration of the east into the Roman Empire as a whole. He settled on the Greek city of Byzantium, located in strategic spot. The residents spontaneously decided to rename the city Constantinople. Relics of the True Cross & the Rod of Moses protected the city. The Church of the Holy Apostles was built over a temple to Aphrodite. It was the “New…

Constantine I. R. 306-337. Constantine was the 1st Christian emperor. Constantine decided to establish a new Eastern capital representing the integration of the east into the Roman Empire as a whole. He settled on the Greek city of Byzantium, located in strategic spot. The residents spontaneously decided to rename the city Constantinople. Relics of the True Cross & the Rod of Moses protected the city. The Church of the Holy Apostles was built over a temple to Aphrodite. It was the “New…

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