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List of Illustrations ix Preface x Abbreviations xii 1 Introduction 1 Official Lies and the 'Constantinian Question' 2 The Progress of Historical Research 6 Contemporary Perspectives on Constantine 8 Coins, Inscriptions and Monuments 16 2 The Soldier and the Stable-Girl 27 The Social Status of Helena 30 The Marriage of Constantine's Parents 33 Constantius' Second Wife 38 The Later Life of Helena 42 3 Constantine, the Ruins of Babylon and the Court of Pharaoh 46 The Diocletianic Tetrarchy (293-305) 46 The Appointment of New Emperors 49 Constantine in the East (293-305) 51 The Dynastic Coup of 305 56 4 The Road to Rome 61 Constantine?s Proclamation and Recognition as Emperor 62 Politics and Warfare 306-310 66 The Vision of Constantine 74 The Invasion of Italy 80 Constantine in Rome and Christmas 312 83 Constantinian Churches in Rome 85 Appendix: The Status of Constantine 306-311 89 5 Brothers-in-Law 90 Constantine and Licinius in Milan 90 Was there an 'Edict of Milan'? 93 Towards War 97 From Cibalae (316) to Chrysopolis (324) 103 6 The Transformation of the East 107 The Foundation of Constantinople 111 An Imperial Sermon 113 The Council of Nicaea 120 A Christian Capital for a Christian Roman Empire 126 Pro-Christian Legislation 131 Constantine and Ecclesiastical Politics 140 East and West in the Fourth Century 142 7 Dynastic Politics after the Council of Nicaea 144 The Deaths of Crispus and Fausta 144 A Third Wife for Constantine? 150 The Organization of the Empire 153 Constantine's Dynastic Plans 163 An Astrologer's Praise of Constantine 168 Tables: Dynastic Alliances and Children of Emperors 285-337 170 Appendix: The Dynastic Marriages of 335 and 336 171 8 Epilogue 173 Appendix A: The Career of Lactantius 176 Appendix B: Galerius' Sarmatian Victories 179 Appendix C: The Panegyrici Latini and Constantine 181 Appendix D: Eusebius, On Easter (De Sollemnitate Paschali) 185 Appendix E: Nicagoras in Egypt 192 Appendix F: Praxagoras of Athens 195 Appendix G: An Anonymous Panegyric of Constantine 198 Notes 201 Bibliography 226 Index 254

About the Author

Timothy David Barnes is Professor Emeritus of the University of Toronto. He is the author of Constantine and Eusebius (1981), The New Empire of Diocletian and Constantine (1982), Athanasius and Constantius: Theology and Politics in the Constantinian Empire (1993), Ammianus Marcellinus and the Representation of Historical Reality (1998), and Early Christian Hagiography and Roman History (2010).


This fine book is a significant achievement in a fertileera of Constantinian studies. (EcclesiasticalHistory, 1 July 2013) I would recommend a careful reading of this book toanyone who wants to discover what we really know aboutConstantine. (Open House, 1 April 2012) "Summing Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates andabove." (Choice, 1 January 2012)

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