Constantine The Great

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Throughout time there have been pivotal men and women who have made significant marks in history that may be considered indelible. One of these men, Constantine the Great, more formally known as, Caesar Flavius Constantinus Pius Felix Invictus Augustus made tremendous religious contributions to the Roman people in which he ruled. For the first time ever, a Christian emperor ascended the throne of the Rome. In the year 323 CE Constantine the Great became the sole ruler of the Roman Empire. 1 The purpose of this paper is to explore the religious contributions Constantine the Great made for the Roman people. Constantine the Great not only legalized and helped establish Christianity in Rome, but he set up the Council of Nicaea to reestablish religious peace and honored the site of Christ's resurrection with the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

Constantine the Great, was born at Naissus, which is now Nisch, Servia.

The exact date of his birth is unknown but is thought to be between the years 274 and 288. (cite).2 Constantine was the eldest son of Constantius Chlorus , and his concubine, Helena. Constantine I first distinguished himself by his military talent under Diocletia

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It is currently ran by the Greek Orthodox church but administers five other denominations to include Roman Catholic Coptic, Ethiopian, Syrian, and Armenian. He moved his headquarters to Byzantium, established it as the new Roman capital and changed the name to Constantinople (now Istanbul). His favoring of those who saw Jesus as God was, then, a matter of Political expediency rather than theological reasoning. The Council of Nicaea produced a doctrine of Christendom called the Nicaean Creed. Regardless, his contributions are undeniably indelible. Constantine had a vision of a flaming cross that bore the inscription HOC VINCES, which means...