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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This is the head of Constantine the Great.  He converted empire to Christianity.  Establishes freedom of religion.
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Medallion of Constantine the Great, c.315 AD.  The Chi Rho symbol is visible on the headgear.

Medallion of Constantine the Great, c.315 AD. The Chi Rho symbol is visible on the headgear.

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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

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Colossal marble head of Emperor ConstantineThe age of Constantine marked a distinct epoch in the history of the Roman Empire. He built a new imperial residence at Byzantium and named it New Rome. However, in Constantine's honor, the Romans called it Constantinople, which would later be the capital of what is now known as the Byzantine Empire for over one thousand years. Because of this, he is thought of as the founder of the Byzantine Empire

Colossal marble head of Emperor ConstantineThe age of Constantine marked a distinct epoch in the history of the Roman Empire. He built a new imperial residence at Byzantium and named it New Rome. However, in Constantine's honor, the Romans called it Constantinople, which would later be the capital of what is now known as the Byzantine Empire for over one thousand years. Because of this, he is thought of as the founder of the Byzantine Empire

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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.

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Christian Symbolism on coins of Constantine the Great

Christian Symbolism on coins of Constantine the Great

St. Helena-mother of Emperor Constantine the Great. She is traditionally credited with finding the relics of the True Cross,

St. Helena-mother of Emperor Constantine the Great. She is traditionally credited with finding the relics of the True Cross,

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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

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