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Constantine (Constantinus, Flavius Valerius Aurelius)

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Constantine (Constantinus, Flavius Valerius Aurelius) (c.280-337 AD) Roman emperor (306-337 AD)

Constantine the Great was a very strange figure of Roman history. He spent much of his younger days fighting to win the sole imperial crown of Rome, which he finally obtained by 324, when he crushed the last of his rivals, Licinius, and had him executed. No sooner had he won the imperial throne, he decided to move the capital of the empire to the East, and he selected Byzantium, a small port on the Bosphorus, which was the most easternly edge of Europe. The idea was not new: Julius Caesar had contemplated moving the capital eastwards in 45 BC. But Constantine fought one of his greatest battles actually near Rome, on the Milvian Bridge, and perhaps one could be forgiven for thinking he loved the city.

In six years the new city was complete. Called Constantinople, it was decorated by trophies, statues and works of art taken from all corners of the empire, most of them from Rome itself!

Having defeated all his rivals, Constantine made himself sole Emperor, built a new capital, and allowed Christians to live unpersecuted throughout the empire. He finally died, leaving the empire divided between three sons, thus almost ensuring that his work would be undone.

Constantine (Constantinus, Flavius Valerius Aurelius)

Constantine (Constantinus, Flavius Valerius Aurelius)