Constantine and the Christian Empire
This biographical narrative is a detailed portrayal of the life and career of the first Christian emperor Constantine the Great (273 – 337). Combining vivid narrative and historical analysis, Charles Odahl relates the rise of Constantine amid the crises of the late Roman world, his dramatic conversion to and public patronage of Christianity, and his church building programs in Rome, Jerusalem and Constantinople which transformed the pagan state of Roman antiquity into the Christian empire medieval Byzantium.
The author’s comprehensive knowledge of the literary sources and his extensive research into the material remains of the period mean that this volume provides a more rounded and accurate portrait of Constantine than previously available.
This revised second edition includes:
A landmark publication in Roman Imperial, early Christian, and Byzantine history, Constantine and the Christian Empire will remain the standard account of the subject for years to come.
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Review: Constantine and the Christian EmpireUser Review - Windsor - Goodreads
By far one of the best books on an emperor I have read. Paints Constantine as a human being, not a Christian savior. Takes visions he saw as literal and not spiritual, although does delve into the ... Read full review
Review: Constantine and the Christian EmpireUser Review - Jay Saenz - Goodreads
Constantine and the Christian empire does what many historical works fail to do, engage the reader. Odahl's narrative is very approachable without sacrificing historical accuracy. While his book ... Read full review