Constantine and the Bishops: The Politics of Intolerance (Paperback)
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Short Description for Constantine and the Bishops Historians have often viewed Constantine's conversion as the triumph of Christianity over paganism. The author aims to provide a more nuanced understanding of Constantine's rule and suggests he was looking not only for a god in whom to believe, but also a policy he could adopt.
- Published: 17 September 2002
- Format: Paperback 632 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780801871047 ISBN 10: 0801871042
- Sales rank: 407,831
Full description for Constantine and the Bishops
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. But in Constantine and the Bishops, historian H. A. Drake offers a fresh and more nuanced understanding of Constantine's rule and, especially, of his relations with Christians. Constantine, Drake suggests, was looking not only for a god in whom to believe but also a policy he could adopt. Uncovering the political motivations behind Constantine's policies, Drake shows how those policies were constructed to ensure the stability of the empire and fulfill Constantine's imperial duty in securing the favor 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. A book for students and scholars of ancient history and religion, Constantine and the Bishops shows how Christian belief motivated and gave shape to imperial rule.