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Constantine: Dynasty, Religion and Power in the Later Roman Empire

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Drawing on recent scholarly advances and new evidence, Timothy Barnes offers a fresh and exciting study of Constantine and his life. First study of Constantine to make use of Kevin Wilkinson's re-dating of the poet Palladas to the reign of Constantine, disproving the predominant scholarly belief that Constantine remained tolerant in matters of religion to the end of his re ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 17th 2011 by Wiley-Blackwell (first published 2011)
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Andrew
Having read Barnes' major work "Constantine and Eusebius" (1981), I was eager to read his latest take on the subject considering all the research undertaken by so many in the past thirty-ish years.

Barnes heavily favors Peter Weiss' paper on "The Vision of Constantine" and Kevin Wilkinson's work concerning the pagan poet Palladas (specifically re-dating his work to Constantine's reign rather than later) in order to argue against interpretations suggesting that Constantine was consistently toleran
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David Dunn
An insightful study of Constantine. Good for pillaging. Wish I had read this years ago. Mounts convincing arguments against those who see Constnatine's conversion as phony and opportunistic. This book is thick, with a sometimes polemical tone that reflects the infighting of specialists.
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