For this essay, I decided to write about Constantine the Great because based on what I heard in during lecture, I believe that Constantine was an influential figure in Christianity. Constantine the Great is known for tolerating Christianity as well as paganism, and he gave people their freedom of exercise. He also made other contributions as well, and these include making new laws for Roman civil court, slavery, and divorce. In this paper, I will talk about Constantines life, early and later rule, his victories and accomplishments, and his connection to Christianity.
Constantine the great was born Flavius Valerius Constantius. He was born in Naissus, which is a town in Serbia. Constantine was born on February 27; there however debate about what year Constantine was born, many sources agree that he was born sometime in 270 CE. All sources agree that Constantine died in Nicomedia, and buried at Constantinople in the Church of the Apostles. Statues of the twelve Apostles were places around his tomb (six on each side). The reason why his tomb was surrounded by Apostles was because Constantine felt that he was an Apostle himself due to the fact that he spread Christian faith throughout the Empire. Constantine the Great died on May 22, 337 at the age of 65.
Constantines father was the famous Flavious Constantius. Constantius was known to be a military officer and a politically skilled man. Constantius ruled as a Roman Emperor from 293 to 306, and took charge of most of the Roman province of Britannia. He is also famous for being the founder of the Constantian Dynasty. Before Constantius died, he proclaimed his son as his successor in 306. Though Constantine became his successor, he went through a lot of political challenges and civil wars in order to gain power of the Roman Empire.
Constantines mother was named Helena, and she usually goes by the name, Saint Helena because later in life, she became a Christian, and her good work led to her becoming a saint.