Constantine : History, Historiography and Legend

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 260 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 19.05mm | 386g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0415518903
  • 9780415518901
  • 1,718,995

Table of contents

Preface and Acknowledgements List of Abbreviations Notes on Contributors Caption 1. Introduction Averil Cameron, Keble College, Oxford, UKPart I: Constantine: History and Historiography2. Constantine, Athanasius and the Christian Church Timothy Barnes, University of Toronto, Canada3. Christianity and the Late Roman Army Roger Tomlin, Wolfson College, Oxford, UK4. The Cities of Asia Minor in the Age of Constantine Stephen Mitchell, University of Wales College, Swansea, UK5. The Illegitimacy of Constantine and the Birth of the Tetarchy Bill Leadbetter, Macquarie University, Australia6. Some Constantinian Documents in the Vita Constantini Stuart G. Hall, formerly of King's College, LondonPart II: Constantine: Legend7. Biographical Models - the Constantinian Period and Beyond Anna Wilson, formerly of Birmingham University8. From History to Legend and Legend to History: The Medieval and Byzantine transformation of Constantine's Vita Samuel Lieu, Macquarie University, Australia9. Constantine in Coptic: Egyptian Constructions of Constantine the Great Terry Wilfong10. Constantine, St Aldhelm, and the Loathly Lady Jane Stevenson, Warwick University, UKBibliography Indices.
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""Constantine, History, Historiography and Legend makes a valuable contribution...[it] contains much that is interesting, not only concerning Constantine, but also about how attitudes to historical truth change, and how legends come into being.."
-"International Journal of the Classical Tradition, Winter 2001
"This is a work of considerable scholarship from which advanced students and scholars will profit."
-Religious Studies Review
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About Samuel N. C. Lieu

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).
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