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The Resource Constantine the Emperor, David Potter

Constantine the Emperor, David Potter

Label
Constantine the Emperor
Title
Constantine the Emperor
Statement of responsibility
David Potter
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Overview: This year Christians worldwide will celebrate the 1700th anniversary of Constantine's conversion and victory at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge. 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 of an empire beset by internal rebellions and external threats by Persians and Goths. The vast record of Constantine's administration reveals a government careful in its exercise of power but capable of ruthless, even savage actions. Constantine executed (or drove to suicide) his father-in-law, two brothers-in-law, his eldest son, and his once beloved wife. An unparalleled general throughout his life, even on his deathbed he was planning a major assault on the Sassanian Empire in Persia. Alongside the visionary who believed that his success came from the direct intervention of his God resided an aggressive warrior, a sometimes cruel partner, and an immensely shrewd ruler. These characteristics combined together in a long and remarkable career, which restored the Roman Empire to its former glory. Beginning with his first biographer Eusebius, Constantine's image has been subject to distortion. More recent revisions include John Carroll's view of him as the intellectual ancestor of the Holocaust (Constantine's Sword) and Dan Brown's presentation of him as the man who oversaw the reshaping of Christian history (The Da Vinci Code). In Constantine the Emperor, David Potter confronts each of these skewed and partial accounts to provide the most comprehensive, authoritative, and readable account of Constantine's extraordinary life
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1957-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Potter, D. S.
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
DG315
LC item number
.P68 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Constantine
  • Emperors
  • Rome
  • Religion and state
Label
Constantine the Emperor, David Potter
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 347-359) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface -- Map of the Roman empire -- Introduction -- Part 1: Imperial resurrection. The crisis of AD 260 ; The renewal of the Roman Empire -- Part 2: Diocletian. The new emperor ; Emperors and subjects ; A new look ; Persia and the Caesars -- Part 3: Constantine and Diocletian. The court of Diocletian ; Imperial edicts and moral crusades ; Minervina ; The succession -- Part 4: Fathers and sons. The new regime ; Maxentius and Fausta ; The end of Maximian -- Part 5: The road to Rome. The gathering storm ; The Battle of the Milvian Bridge ; Freedom of worship ; The conversion of Constantine -- Part 6: War and peace. Reworking past and future ; Governing the empire ; Maximus and Bassus ; The Donatist controversy -- Part 7: Triumph and tragedy. The defeat of Licinius ; The Eastern empire ; Constantine speaks to the bishops ; The Arian controversy ; Nicaea ; Constantinople and Rome -- Part 8: Ruler of the world. Constantine's government ; Constantinople ; An ordered society ; Christians, pagans, and Jews ; Neighbors ; End times -- Epilogue -- Appendix: Finding Constantine -- Timeline -- Dramatis personae
Control code
ocn780288988
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xv, 368 pages
Isbn
9780199755868
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
2012010280
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40021618437
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)780288988
Label
Constantine the Emperor, David Potter
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 347-359) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface -- Map of the Roman empire -- Introduction -- Part 1: Imperial resurrection. The crisis of AD 260 ; The renewal of the Roman Empire -- Part 2: Diocletian. The new emperor ; Emperors and subjects ; A new look ; Persia and the Caesars -- Part 3: Constantine and Diocletian. The court of Diocletian ; Imperial edicts and moral crusades ; Minervina ; The succession -- Part 4: Fathers and sons. The new regime ; Maxentius and Fausta ; The end of Maximian -- Part 5: The road to Rome. The gathering storm ; The Battle of the Milvian Bridge ; Freedom of worship ; The conversion of Constantine -- Part 6: War and peace. Reworking past and future ; Governing the empire ; Maximus and Bassus ; The Donatist controversy -- Part 7: Triumph and tragedy. The defeat of Licinius ; The Eastern empire ; Constantine speaks to the bishops ; The Arian controversy ; Nicaea ; Constantinople and Rome -- Part 8: Ruler of the world. Constantine's government ; Constantinople ; An ordered society ; Christians, pagans, and Jews ; Neighbors ; End times -- Epilogue -- Appendix: Finding Constantine -- Timeline -- Dramatis personae
Control code
ocn780288988
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xv, 368 pages
Isbn
9780199755868
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
2012010280
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40021618437
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)780288988

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