The Roman Revolution of Constantine

The Roman Revolution of Constantine

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by Raymond Van Dam
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521133017

ISBN-13: 9780521133012

Pub. Date: 04/27/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The reign of the emperor Constantine (306-337) was as revolutionary for the transformation of Rome's Mediterranean empire as that of Augustus, the first emperor three centuries earlier. The abandonment of Rome signaled the increasing importance of frontier zones in northern and central Europe and the Middle East. The foundation of Constantinople as a new imperial

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The reign of the emperor Constantine (306-337) was as revolutionary for the transformation of Rome's Mediterranean empire as that of Augustus, the first emperor three centuries earlier. The abandonment of Rome signaled the increasing importance of frontier zones in northern and central Europe and the Middle East. The foundation of Constantinople as a new imperial residence and the rise of Greek as the language of administration previewed the establishment of a separate eastern Roman empire. Constantine's patronage of Christianity required both a new theology of the Christian Trinity and a new political image of a Christian emperor. Raymond Van Dam explores and interprets each of these events. His book complements accounts of the role of Christianity by highlighting ideological and cultural aspects of the transition to a post-Roman world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521133012
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/27/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
458
Sales rank:
1,261,576
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Abbreviations xi

Introduction Augustus and Constantine xi

Section I A Roman Empire Without Rome 19

1 Constantine's Rescript to Hispellum 23

2 His Favorite Rooster: Old Rome and New Rome 35

3 "Hope In His Name": The Flavian Dynasty 79

4 Reading Ahead 130

Section II A Greek Roman Empire 143

5 Constantine's Dialogue with Orcistus 150

6 "The Most Holy Religion": Petitioning The Emperor 163

7 "The Roman Language": Latin and the Greek East 184

8 Falling Water 217

Section III Emperor And God 221

9 "Begotten of the Gods": The Imperial Tetrarchy 228

10 "Begotten From the Father": The Christian Trinity 252

11 "Only-Begotten Son": History Becomes Theology 283

12 The Search For the Christian Doctrine of the Emperor 317

Epilogue One Emperor 354

Appendix 1 Hispellum: Date, Text, and Translation 363

Appendix 2 Orcistus: Dates, Text, and Translation 368

Editions and Translations 373

Bibliography 385

Index 427

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