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History Associates talk by Elizabeth Depalma Digeser | “Constantine the Crusader: The Roman Emperor as Christian Soldier”

Goleta Valley Library, Multipurpose Room 500 N. Fairview Avenue, Goleta Goleta Valley Library, Goleta, CA, United States

Constantine I (306-37) was the first Roman Emperor to convert to Christianity. Almost two millennia later, we may not be surprised that Constantine promoted an image of himself as a Christian military commandant. Nevertheless, this image is strikingly opposed to the previous conception of the Christian hero, that of the martyr, a person known for […]