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Beschreibung

An authoritative and vibrant new account of the extraordinary life of Constantine

Autorentext

David Potter is Francis W. Kelsey Collegiate Professor of Greek and Roman History and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Greek and Latin at the University of Michigan. His books include Theodora, The Victor's Crown, Emperors of Rome, and Ancient Rome: A New History.



Klappentext

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, planning a major assault on the Sassanian Empire in Persia even on his deathbed. 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). In Constantine 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.



Zusammenfassung
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). In Constantine 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.

Inhalt

Timeline Introduction Section 1 Imperial Resurrection Chapter 1 The Crisis of 260 ad Chapter 2 The Renewal of the Roman Empire Section 2 Diocletian Chapter 3 The New Emperor Chapter 4 Emperors and Subjects Chapter 5 A New Look Chapter 6 Persia and the Caesars Section 3 Constantine and Diocletian Chapter 7 The Court of Diocletian Chapter 8 Imperial Edicts and Moral Crusades Chapter 9 Minervina Chapter 10 The Succession Section 4 Fathers and Sons Chapter 11 The New Regime Chapter 12 Maxentius and Fausta Chapter 13 The End of Maximian Section 5 The Road to Rome Chapter 14 The Gathering Storm Chapter 15 The Battle of the Milvian Bridge Chapter 16 Freedom of Worship Chapter 17 The Conversion of Constantine Section 6 War and Peace Chapter 18 Reworking Past and Future Chapter 19 Governing the Empire Chapter 20 Maximus and Bassus 319-323 Chapter 21 The Donatist Controversy Section 7 Triumph and Tragedy Chapter 22 Victory in the East Chapter 23 The Eastern Empire Chapter 24 Constantine Speaks to the Bishops Chapter 25 The Arian Controversy Chapter 26 Nicaea Chapter 27 Constantinople and Rome Section 8 Ruler of the World Chapter 28 Constantine's Government Chapter 29 Constantinople Chapter 30 An Ordered Society Chapter 31 Christians, Pagans and Jews Chapter 32 Neighbours Chapter 33 End Times Epilogue Dramatis Personae Notes Bibliography Index

Produktinformationen

Titel: Constantine the Emperor
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EAN: 9780199986026
ISBN: 978-0-19-998602-6
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: Oxford University Press
Genre: Geschichte
Veröffentlichung: 10.12.2012
Jahr: 2012
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 20.3 MB