Constantine and the Christian Empire

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Routledge, 2004 - History - 400 pages
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The most substantial biography ever written on the most important Roman emperor, Professor Charles M. Odahl has written a fascinating account of the life and reign of the first Christian emperor of the Roman world.

Drawing on over a quarter of a century of research on sources relevant to the period and retracing the journeys made by Constantine across Europe and around the Mediterranean basin, this up-to-date biography provides students with a comprehensive knowledge of literary sources and research into the archaeology of the Constantinian era, and enables a more rounded and accurate portrait than has previously been available.

Illustrated with ninety-two photographs and eight maps, Constantine and the Christian Empire is the standard work on the man and his life for scholars, students, and all those interested in Roman imperial, early Christian, and Byzantine imperial history.

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By far one of the best books on an emperor I have read. Paints Constantine as a human being, not a Christian savior. Takes visions he saw as literal and not spiritual, although does delve into the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jay Saenz - Goodreads

Constantine and the Christian empire does what many historical works fail to do, engage the reader. Odahl's narrative is very approachable without sacrificing historical accuracy. While his book ... Read full review

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Charles Matson Odahl is Professor of Ancient and Medieval History, and Classical and Patristic Latin at Boise State University. His main research interests are Cicero and the late Republic, early Christianity, and Constantine and Late Antiquity. Previous publications include fifteen articles on Constantine and a textbook on Early Christian Latin Literature (1993). He has travelled extensively in Europe and the Mediterranean basin examining extant texts, coins, monuments and historical sites of the Constantinian era.

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