Contemporary christians treated constantine's conversion as a decisive moment of victory in a cosmic battle between good and evil, even as the end of history, but it was far from that. The roman emperor constantine the great was the first emperor to legalize christianity he also converted to christianity, from his deathbed as i remember 40 years ago from theology studies const. The history of the medieval world: from the conversion of constantine to the first crusade a masterful narrative of the middle ages, when religion became a weapon for kings all over the world. Constantine's conversion to christianity one of the significant turning points in early christianity's great history was constantine's conversion to the christian religion this event was also depicted as the triumph of the church or the constantinian shift.
Constantine's conversion, as imagined by rubens it is possible (but not certain) that constantine's mother, helena, exposed him to christianity in any case he only declared himself a christian after issuing the edict of milan. Eusebius wrote a biography of constantine after the emperor's death, and spoke of the vision as a conversion experience 3:12 he knew constantine well, and said that he had the story told to him. There are many different opinions surrounding the conversion of constantine the great, the roman emperor known for reuniting the divided rome after taking power as the sole emperor of the roman empire 1 his conversion is said to have taken place sometime after his victory at the battle of milvian bridge in 312 ce, after which he issued the edict of milan, allowing christians in the roman.
Constantine (272 - 337 ce), also known as constantine the great or constantine i, was an emperor of the roman empire he is most noted for his official conversion to christianity and the shift of power in the empire to the east, which began the empire's transformation into the byzantine empire. Constantine's conversion to christianity was at best nominal and at no time did he see himself as an apostle of christ christianity was growing within the empire, inspite of the persecutions of. Historians have argued for centuries - in the face of contradictory primary sources - both about when and how the roman emperor constantine converted to christianity, and the nature and extent of his faith. Constantine, whom eusebius describes later in a life of constantine and also in an oration on an important occasion later in his career, is a magnificent ruler.
Ever since modern rationalism opened its campaign of 'enlightenment' against the church, while the church has reacted to its attacks with a vigorous defence, both parties have been trying, consciously or unconsciously, to fit the conversion of the first christian emperor into their own scheme and to. Constantine the great ruled the roman empire in the early fourth century ce from 306 until his death in 337 ce he became the first roman emperor to convert to christianity and legalize the christian religion. Constantine was born in february 27, 272ad in naissus, serbia, turkey he was made emperor when constantine's father became ill, in 306ce he was best known for being the first roman emperor to convert to christianity he established the city of constantinople he died on may 22, 337ad in. Constantine i was a roman emperor who ruled early in the 4th century he was the first christian emperor and saw the empire begin to become a christian state constantine i was born circa 280 in.
constantine and christianity constantine the great, also known as constantine i or saint constantine, was the emperor of rome during 306 to 337 his father was flavius valerius constantius who was a roman army officer and his wife helena. The roman emperor constantine's conversion to christianity shortly before the battle of milvian bridge in 312 ad is quite controversial constantine's decision could have been motivated by any number of factors. The conversion of constantine permanently altered the roman attitude towards christianity no longer clandenstine, christianity began to flourish in the west.
Some have argued that constantine's conversion to christianity was politically motivated at least openly, constantine ascribed much of his political success to the grace of a christian god, even claiming to have won a battle because of a divinely sourced vision he had received beforehand. The conversion of constantine in order to understand the significance of the 'conversion' it is necessary to understand a little about the history of the roman empire in brief, the city of rome was under the rule of kings long before it became a republic and then an empire. Constantine's vision and conversion the single most important event in constantine's life that resulted in his conversion to christianity, which would later result in the transformation of the entire. Constantine is the first roman emperor to convert to christianity he did so after witnessing the sight of a cross in the sky along with his entire army however, his spiritual growth and eventual conversion did not happen at once with this one dramatic event.
Constantine's conversion made him more tolerant of christianity in rome, allowing the church to spread to other parts of his empire and to preach in public society constantine is praised as the emperor who made christianity no longer anti-roman had constantine not converted and reformed rome. Constantine is such an important figure because his conversion in the fourth century is the watershed event that cemented christianity as the world's official religion, even to the present day. Legitimization under constantine constantine's conversion one of the most surprising christian heroes in the entire tradition, i think, is constantine he is, first of all, a successful.