Christianity and Constantine 1700 Years Later

Statue de Constantin Ier, Musée du Capitole, Rome

Today is the 1700th anniversary of the Battle of the Milvian Bridge. On October 28, 312, Constantine defeated his rival emperor, Maxentius, as the two fought for the city of Rome and control over the western half of the Roman Empire. The defeat of Maxentius is a significant step in Constantine’s quest to become master of the entire Roman Empire, but historians have usually emphasized it as the turning point in his relationship with Christianity. Continue reading