Constantine the Emperorby David Potter
No Roman emperor had a greater impact on the modern world than did Constantine. The reason is not simply that he converted to Christianity, but that he did so in a way that brought his subjects along after him. Indeed, this major new biography argues that Constantine's conversion is but one feature of a unique administrative style that enabled him to take control
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This is a must have book for any history junky or as a companion book for any classical history major. Written by Professor of Greek and Roman History, David Potter, aka Francis W. Kelsey, he meticulously lays out the superior reign of one of history’s most notable emperors as he not only converted to Christianity and willingly got his subjects to follow as well, but he single-handedly seized control of a vast empire while being raged against by the Goths and Persians. “Whatever people saw when they witnessed an emperor’s coming, it was also important that those who could not see him be given a clear image so they could imagine how he looked.” Potter does a superb job with breaking up the historiography of Constantine into eight parts totaling 33 chapters. Nothing is left out or sugar coated from this pertinent time in history; throughout the book you will find photographs, sketches, as well as maps to add further depth to your reading experience. While I found the book to be titillating and packed full of historical adventure, I can see where someone who isn’t into classical and ancient history might find it a bit of a dry read. Overall, I would definitely recommend this book as a wonderful addition to any home library. *This book was provided in exchange for an honest review* *You can view the original review at Musing with Crayolakym and San Francisco & Sacramento City Book Review
This book was great. It took a bit to get into it but after a few pages it was amazing very detailed and descriptive.