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History, Historiography and Legend

ISBN 9780415518901
Published March 12, 2012 by Routledge
260 Pages

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Book Description

Constantine examines the reign of Constantine, the first Christian emperor and the founder of Constantinople. From a variety of angles: historical, historiographical and mythical. The volume examines the circumstances of Constantine's reign and the historical problems surrounding them, the varied accounts of Constantine's life and the plethora of popular medieval legends surrounding the reign, to reveal the different visions and representations of the emperor from saint and patron of the Western church to imperial prototype. Constantine: History, Historiography and Legend presents a comprehensive and arresting study of this important and controversial emperor.



Samuel N.C. Lieu is Professor of Ancient History at Macquarie University, New South Wales, Australia. He is the author of The Roman Eastern Frontier and the Persian Wars (Routledge). Dominic Montserrat is Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Warwick. He is the editor of Changing Bodies, Changing Meanings: Studies on the Human Body in Antiquity (Routledge).


'This book makes interesting reading and is a valuable contribution to Constantinian studies.' - Jan Willem Drijvers, The Classical Review

'This volume offers examples of important modern scholarship inviting some reassessment of his significance, as well as an informative entree into the almost unrecognizable figure that later legends made of him' - Journal of Theological Studies