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Helena Augusta: The Mother Of Constantine The Great And The Legend Of Her Finding Of The True Cross (Brill's Studies In Intellectual History)
This study on Flavia Julia Helena Augusta, mother of Constantine the Great, is divided into two parts. The purpose of the first part is to ascertain the facts of Helena's life on the basis of reliable historical sources. The second part deals with the legends concerning the discovery of the True Cross in Jerusalem by Helena. Fact and fiction, which are so often confused in ...more
Published October 1st 1991 by Brill Academic Publishers
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Aug 01, 2014 Amy Hughes rated it really liked it
Retellings of the early fourth century are predictably dominated by Constantine and, on the Christian doctrine side, Nicaea. This monograph on Constantine's mother offers both a more expansive view of the Christianization of the Empire and a focused examination of how one woman's life can become the stuff of legend. Drijvers quite literally wrote the book on Helena Augusta and while others, such as Timothy Barnes, have challenged certain bits of Drijver's reconstruction of Helena's life, it ...more