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Constantine and the Conversion of Europe (Men and Their Times)

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Constantine the Great was Roman Emperor from 306 to 337 AD. As emperor, Constantine enacted many administrative, financial, social, and military reforms to strengthen the empire. The government was restructured and civil and military authority separated. A new gold coin, the solidus, was introduced to combat inflation. It would become the standard for Byzantine and Europea ...more
ebook, 284 pages
Published April 16th 2013 by Jones Press (first published 1948)
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Erik Graff
Jun 06, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christians
Recommended to Erik by: no one
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What I recall best about this rather dry, scholarly review of the Roman transition to state-sponsored Christianity was Jones' discussion of the problematic of Constantine's supposed conversion. Contrary to Church legend, he did not, so far as we know, convert at the battle of the Mulvian bridge. Indeed, he may only have been baptised upon his death bed--and even for this we have only suspect Christian sources. That he was superstitious, however, is well known. It is probable that he maintained a ...more
AC
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent..., esp. good is his treatment of the social basis of Constantine's program and also Jones' account of the early heresies
Ed
Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
In the end I found this book quite enlightening. I had trouble with the earlier parts because of my lack of familiarity with the chaotic period that preceded Constantine. I also found many of the long quotes that Jones includes for good reason hard to get through. Nonetheless as a short introduction to the expansion of Christianity in the Roman Empire this book is excellent.
Rebecca Hazen
Mar 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
An in-depth look at the impact Constantine had on transforming the Roman Empire from pagan beliefs to Christianity. It also looks at his active involvement in attempts to resolve theological disputes in the early Church.
Sylvia
Not an easy read and certainly a book which I must read another time.
Keith
Jan 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Scholarly and dry, but got my juices going in grad school.
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Arnold Hugh Martin Jones (9 March 1904 – 9 April 1970) — known as A.H.M. Jones — was a prominent 20th century British historian of classical antiquity, particularly of the later Roman Empire.

Jones's best-known work, The Later Roman Empire, 284–602 (1964), is considered the definitive narrative history of late Rome and early Byzantium, beginning with the reign of the Roman tetrarch Diocletian and e
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