Remembering Constantine at the Milvian Bridge

Remembering Constantine at the Milvian Bridge

Author: Raymond Van Dam

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139499729

Category: History

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Constantine's victory in 312 at the battle of the Milvian Bridge established his rule as the first Christian emperor. This book examines the creation and dissemination of the legends about that battle and its significance. Christian histories, panegyrics and an honorific arch at Rome soon commemorated his victory, and the emperor himself contributed to the myth by describing his vision of a cross in the sky before the battle. Through meticulous research into the late Roman narratives and the medieval and Byzantine legends, this book moves beyond a strictly religious perspective by emphasizing the conflicts about the periphery of the Roman empire, the nature of emperorship and the role of Rome as a capital city. Throughout late antiquity and the medieval period, memories of Constantine's victory served as a powerful paradigm for understanding rulership in a Christian society.
Remembering Constantine at the Milvian Bridge
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Raymond Van Dam
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-04-29 - Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Constantine's victory in 312 at the battle of the Milvian Bridge established his rule as the first Christian emperor. This book examines the creation and dissemination of the legends about that battle and its significance. Christian histories, panegyrics and an honorific arch at Rome soon commemorated his victory, and the
Constantine, Divine Emperor of the Christian Golden Age
Language: en
Pages: 440
Authors: Jonathan Bardill
Categories: Architecture
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012 - Publisher: Cambridge University Press

"Constantine was the first Roman emperor to convert to Christianity. The book explores the emperor's image as conveyed through literature, art, and architecture, and shows how Constantine reconciled the tradition of imperial divinity with his monotheistic faith. It demonstrates how the traditional themes and imagery of kingship were exploited to
Milvian Bridge AD 312
Language: en
Pages: 96
Authors: Ross Cowan
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-07-20 - Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

In AD 312, the Roman world was divided between four emperors. The most ambitious was Constantine, who sought to eliminate his rivals and reunite the Empire. His first target was Maxentius, who held Rome, the symbolic heart of the Empire. Inspired by a dream sent by the Christian God, at
Self-Presentation and Identity in the Roman World
Language: en
Pages: 290
Authors: Andreas Gavrielatos
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-05-11 - Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Questions on identity have been often the main focus of Classical Studies. The starting point of this book is that identity is not a monolithic idea. Instead of exploring what exactly ‘identity’ is, the contributors here examine how the concept of ‘self-presentation’ can facilitate our understanding of how individuals present
Constantine and the Captive Christians of Persia
Language: en
Pages: 256
Authors: Kyle Smith
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-01-19 - Publisher: Univ of California Press

It is widely believed that the Emperor Constantine’s conversion to Christianity politicized religious allegiances, dividing the Christian Roman Empire from the Zoroastrian Sasanian Empire and leading to the persecution of Christians in Persia. This account, however, is based on Greek ecclesiastical histories and Syriac martyrdom narratives that date to centuries