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Constantine the Great: The Man and His Times

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Constantine the Great delves into the reasons why the reign of this Roman emperor (306-37) marked an historical epoch, albeit one charged with irony. Founding his capital at Constantinople, he revitalized the Eastern half of the empire, enabling it to flourish as the Byzantine Empire for another 1000 years. Yet this shift of power would prove fatal to the Western empire &a ...more
Hardcover, 279 pages
Published April 1994 by Charles Scribner's Sons (NY et al.) (first published 1993)
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Erik Graff
Oct 25, 2013 Erik Graff rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: late antiquity, early Xianity fans
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This is one of Michael Grant's better books. One of his poorer books is another biography, that of Herod the Great. The reason for the difference may be that while there are relatively few sources for Herod, there are relatively many for Constantine, allowing Grant a broader canvas and more materials to reconstruct the character of the man and his times.

There is also some humor--a major virtue in an historian--in this book, more than I've been accustomed to from Grant's popular histories. Of cou
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David Elkin
Just started Aug 30. Grant's style is very readable and this is basically a book that covers not only the man but deals well with Church History in the 300's. Grant states in the beginning that original sources are either all positive (some even overt flattery) by Christian authors or down right condemning (Pagan authors). I have enjoyed Grant's books over the years. Good for the casual fan.

The book is more "general" and an overview that I thought it would be. It certainly is an introduction to
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Reynold Levocz
As a student of History, I enjoyed this book's detail of an age that changed the world forever
John
Very dry from the very beginning with an opening chapter on sources. Who starts a biography of a roman emperor who most readers will know very little about already with a chapter on that? The writing style is dry and turgid.
Redsteve
A solid general biography. 3rd/4th Centuries are not my favorite period and this book makes me no more excited about it.
Patrick
Kindling-dry history of the emperor that transformed Rome and ensured it's survival by transferring the capital east.
Lorraine
Fairly interesting biography - didn't like the non-chronological set-up.
Donna
I really tried to get into this book, but finally gave up halfway through.
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Michael Grant was an English classisist, numismatist, and author of numerous popular books on ancient history. His 1956 translation of Tacitus’s Annals of Imperial Rome remains a standard of the work. He once described himself as "one of the very few freelances in the field of ancient history: a rare phenomenon". As a popularizer, his hallmarks were his prolific output and his unwillingness to ove ...more
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