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Pagan City and Christian CapitalRome in the Fourth Century$
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John R Curran

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199254200

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199254200.001.0001

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Constantine and Rome: The Context of Innovation

Constantine and Rome: The Context of Innovation

(p.70) 3 Constantine and Rome: The Context of Innovation
Pagan City and Christian Capital

John R. Curran (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter attempts to restore the actions of Constantine more closely to their original context — a context where Constantine was not the liberator of Christians, but like Severus before him, the avenging destroyer of an illegitimate regime. This is not to deny him a genuine attachment, to whatever kind to Christianity; it is to appreciate more fully the topographical impact of Christianity alongside the workings of imperial patronage and the dynamics of violent succession. It is shown that Constantine's piety was tempered by a formidable political instinct. The employment of imperial property at the Lateran and to the south and east of the city emphasized Constantine's personal patronage of the Christian cult.

Keywords:   Constantine, Christians, Christianity

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