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The Life Of The Blessed Emperor Constantine: From Ad 306 To 337 (Christian Roman Empire Series, Vol. 8)

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Constantine the Great is one of those rare historical figures who is nearly as controversial today as he was in his own time. Lauded, both then and now, as a military hero who ended the brutal persecutions of Christians and as the first Roman emperor to himself embrace Christianity, Constantine is just as often vilified as a destructive innovator, a coddler of heretics, an ...more
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Published October 15th 2009 by Evolution Publishing & Manufacturing (first published January 1st 1890)
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Amy Brown
Cameron and Hall have given us an accessible translation and introduction to this controversial and fascinating work by the 4th-century bishop, biblical exegete, and ecclesiastical historian Eusebius of Caesarea. The Life of Constantine has received a great deal of attention, much of it derisive, for its genre categorization-defying, cringe-inducing laudation of the famous emperor. It's an important work for too many reasons to name here, so avoiding it because of these reasons is not an option. ...more
"Life of Constantine" was a very interesting book to me, and it contained many of the elements that I liked about Eusebius's "History of the Church"--long quotations of source material; vivid, clever metaphors--but overall it wasn't as good.
The main problem is Eusebius is just too flattering of Constantine. I get that after centuries of discouragement and sporadic outright persecution by the Roman Emperors, having Constantine come along and promote Christianity probably did seem like the greates
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Written by the Roman historian Eusebius, this is a eulogy honoring emperor Constantine. Eusebius was the "official" historian for Constantine, so he likely did all he could to portray Constantine in a favorable light, especially in terms of his conversion, i.e. Constantine is THE Christian emperor. He's almost portrayed as a saint, a recreation of a Christian hero model. In chapter 3 he puts forward the idea that God honors pious kings, i.e. Constantine, but destroys tyrants. Here you get the be ...more
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Eusebius of Caesarea (c. AD 263 – 339) also called Eusebius Pamphili, was a Roman historian, exegete and Christian polemicist. He became the Bishop of Caesarea in Palestine about the year 314. Together with Pamphilus, he was a scholar of the Biblical canon. He wrote Demonstrations of the Gospel, Preparations for the Gospel, and On Discrepancies between the Gospels, studies of the Biblical text. As ...more
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“Constantine saw with his own eyes the trophy of a cross of light in the heavens, above the sun, and bearing this inscription: conquer by this. At the sight, he himself was struck with amazement and his whole army also.” 5 likes
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