Constantine and the Bishops: The Politics of Intolerance (Hardback)
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Short Description for Constantine and the Bishops Historians who view imperial Rome in terms of conflict between pagans and Christians have often regarded the emperor Constantine's conversion as the triumph of Christianity over paganism. This study takes another view of Constantine's rule, uncovering the political motivations behind his policies.
- Published: 14 January 2000
- Format: Hardback 640 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780801862182 ISBN 10: 0801862183
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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. Despite the emperor's conversion to Christianity, Drake concludes, Rome remained a world filled with gods and with men seeking to depose rivals from power. He shows how Christian belief motivated and gave shape to imperial rule.