New PDF release: Constantine and Rome

By R. Ross Holloway

ISBN-10: 0300100434

ISBN-13: 9780300100433

Constantine the nice (285-337) performed a very important position in mediating among the pagan, imperial prior of the town of Rome, which he conquered in 312, and its destiny as a Christian capital. during this realized and hugely readable e-book, Ross Holloway examines Constantine's striking development programme in Rome. Holloway starts by way of reading the Christian Church within the interval earlier than the Peace of 313, whilst Constantine and his co-emperor Licinius ended the persecution of the Christians. He then makes a speciality of the constitution, sort, and importance of significant monuments: the Arch of Constantine and the 2 nice Christian basilicas, St. John's within the Lateran and St. Peter's, in addition to the imperial mausoleum at Tor Pignatara. In a last bankruptcy Holloway advances a brand new interpretation of the archaeology of the Tomb of St. Peter underneath the excessive altar of St. Peter's Basilica. The tomb, he concludes, used to be now not the unique resting position of the is still honored as these of the Apostle yet was once created basically in 251 by way of Pope Cornelius. Drawing at the most modern archaeological proof, he describes a cityscape that was once right now Christian and pagan, mirroring the character of its ruler.

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