Constantine and the Bishops: The Politics of Intolerance

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Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000 - History - 609 pages
Historians who viewed imperial Rome in terms of a conflict between pagans and Christians have often regarded the emperor Constantine's conversion as the triumph of Christianity over paganism. This study takes a fresh look at Constantine's rule uncovering the political motivations behind his policies. Constantine, H.A. Drake suggests, was looking not only for a god in whom to believe, but also a policy he could adopt. Drake shows how these policies were constructed to ensure the stability of the empire and fulfill Constantine's imperial duty in securing the favour of heaven.

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PRELIMINARIES
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The Game of Empire
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The Church Becomes a Player
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H. A. Drake is Research Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of Constantine and the Bishops (2000). Drake has written extensively on issues related to the transition from a Roman to a Christian empire in Late Antiquity, including political theology and religious violence. He has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and the Annenberg Research Institute.

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