Constantine I “The Great”

Constantine I “The Great”

25 July 306 - 22 May 337
PredecessorConstantius I
SuccessorConstantine II
Constantius II
Constans I
Born27 February 272, Naissus, Moesia
Died22 May 337 (aged 65), Achyron, Nicomedia, Bithynia,
SpouseMinervina (may have been his concubine)
Fausta
Children

Crispus
Constantine II
Constantius II
Constantina
Constans I
Helena

FatherConstantius Chlorus
MotherHelena

His Story

A baptized emperor who was also a great reformer and emperor. He was actually the son of Emperor Constantius I Chlorus, who and a co-ruler of western Maximian, and also of Helen.

His contemporaries called him as: Saint Constantine or Constantine the Great (among Eastern-Orthodox Christians), and Constantine I (among Western Christians).

Among the great Roman emperors, Constantine climbed to power after the death of his father, Constantius Chlorus, who died in the year 306 while he was doing campaigns against tribes from Scotland.

Later, he was finally able to defeat the rival emperor Maxentius, and this was in the decisive Milvian Bridge battle in 312.

For several other landmarks in history, he is credited, and is memorized in the best way by the entire city which bore his name for more than hundred years, as Constantinople. However, it’s renamed to Istanbul in modern times, and this city equips power of seat for many Byzantine emperors in the next 1100 years.

The first Roman emperor who embraced Christianity is also Constantine, and he is remembered for it. Moreover, he instituted the buildings and papal dynasty, which went into being something huge that is referred to today as the Vatican and the Pope.

Later part of his life witnessed commitment for the church which was seeing rising repression against old-school type paganism.

Several sons were left behind by him after his death, who ended up fighting each other, and spoiled the stability that Constantine had fought hard to achieve. 

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