Constantine the Emperor

ISBN-10: 0199755868
ISBN-13: 9780199755868
Edition: 2012
Authors: David Potter
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List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/28/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 368
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

This year Christians worldwide will celebrate the 1700th anniversary of Constantine's conversion and victory at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge. No Roman emperor had a greater impact on the modern world than did Constantine. The reason is not simply that he converted to Christianity but that he did so in a way that brought his subjects along after him. Indeed, this major new biography argues that Constantine's conversion is but one feature of a unique administrative style that enabled him to take control of an empire beset by internal rebellions and external threats by Persians and Goths. The vast record of Constantine's administration reveals a government careful in its exercise of power but capable of ruthless, even savage actions. Constantine executed (or drove to suicide) his father-in-law, two brothers-in-law, his eldest son, and his once beloved wife. An unparalleled general throughout his life, even on his deathbed he was planning a major assault on the Sassanian Empire in Persia. Alongside the visionary who believed that his success came from the direct intervention of his God resided an aggressive warrior, a sometimes cruel partner, and an immensely shrewd ruler. These characteristics combined together in a long and remarkable career, which restored the Roman Empire to its former glory.Beginning with his first biographer Eusebius, Constantine's image has been subject to distortion. More recent revisions include John Carroll's view of him as the intellectual ancestor of the Holocaust (Constantine's Sword) and Dan Brown's presentation of him as the man who oversaw the reshaping of Christian history (The Da Vinci Code). InConstantine the Emperor, David Potter confronts each of these skewed and partial accounts to provide the most comprehensive, authoritative, and readable account of Constantine's extraordinary life.

Dr David Potter is the founder of The Cultural Change Company, which specializes in enabling cultural change interventions. He frequently teaches and presents to students on MBA and Executive courses on the topic of cultural change, including at Lancaster University Management School, Queen Mary University, Glasgow Caledonian University and Glasgow University Business School. He is a highly experienced corporate strategist and change manager and delivers numerous change management seminars to change leaders in organizations, as well as designing cultural change programmes for a range of blue-chip clients.

Preface
Abbreviations
Map of the Roman Empire
Introduction
Imperial Resurrection
The Crisis of AD 260
The Renewal of the Roman Empire
Diocletian
The New Emperor
Emperors and Subjects
A New Look
Persia and the Caesars
Constantine and Diocletian
The Court of Diocletian
Imperial Edicts and Moral Crusades
Minervina
The Succession
Fathers and Sons
The New Regime
Maxentius and Fausta
The End of Maximian
The Road to Rome
The Gathering Storm
The Battle of the Milvian Bridge
Freedom of Worship
The Conversion of Constantine
War and Peace
Reworking Past and Future
Governing the Empire
Maximus and Bassus
The Donatist Controversy
Triumph and Tragedy
The Defeat of Licinius
The Eastern Empire
Constantine Speaks to the Bishops
The Arian Controversy
Nicaea
Constantinople and Rome
Ruler of the World
Constantine's Government
Constantinople
An Ordered Society
Christians, Pagans, and Jews
Neighbors
End Times
Epilogue
Appendix: Finding Constantine
Timeline
Dramatis Personae
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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