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Overview

Constantine examines the reign of Constantine, the first Christian emperor and the founder of Constantinople. From a variety of angles: historical, historiographical and mythical. The volume examines the circumstances of Constantine's reign and the historical problems surrounding them, the varied accounts of Constantine's life and the plethora of popular medieval legends surrounding the reign, to reveal the different visions and representations of the emperor from saint and patron of the Western church to imperial prototype. Constantine: History, Historiography and Legend presents a comprehensive and arresting study of this important and controversial emperor.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415107471
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/16/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Samuel N.C. Lieu is Professor of Ancient History at Macquarie University, New South Wales, Australia. He is the author of The Roman Eastern Frontier and the Persian Wars (Routledge). Dominic Montserrat is Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Warwick. He is the editor of Changing Bodies, Changing Meanings: Studies on the Human Body in Antiquity (Routledge).
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Table of Contents

List of contributors
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
1 Introduction 1
Pt. I Constantine: history and historiography 5
2 Constantine, Athanasius and the Christian Church 7
3 Christianity and the Late Roman Army 21
4 The cities of Asia Minor in the age of Constantine 52
5 The illegitimacy of Constantine and the birth of the tetrarchy 74
6 Some Constantinian documents in the Vita Constantini 86
Pt. II Constantine: Legend 105
7 Biographical Models: the Constantinian period and beyond 107
8 From history to legend and legend to history: The medieval and Byzantine transformation of Constantine's Vita 136
9 Constantine in Coptic: Egyptian constructions of Constantine the Great 177
10 Constantine, St. Aldhelm and the Loathly Lady 189
Bibliography 207
Indices 231
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