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Constantine the Emperor - D. S Potter

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Title
Constantine the Emperor
Author
D. S Potter
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20150924

No Roman emperor had a greater impact on the modern world than did Constantine. The reason is not simply that he converted to Christianity, but that he did so in a way that brought his subjects along after him. Indeed, this major new biography argues that Constantine's conversion is but one feature of a unique administrative style that enabled him to take control of an empire beset by internal rebellions and external threats by Persians and Goths. The vast record ofConstantine's administration reveals a government careful in its exercise of power but capable of ruthless, even savage, actions. Constantine executed (or drove to suicide) his father-in-law, two brothers-in-law, his eldest son, and his once beloved wife. An unparalleled general throughout his life,planning a major assault on the Sassanian Empire in Persia even on his deathbed. Alongside the visionary who believed that his success came from the direct intervention of his God resided an aggressive warrior, a sometimes cruel partner, and an immensely shrewd ruler. These characteristics combined together in a long and remarkable career, which restored the Roman Empire to its former glory. Beginning with his first biographer Eusebius, Constantine's image has been subject to distortion. More recent revisions include John Carroll's view of him as the intellectual ancestor of the Holocaust (Constantine's Sword) and Dan Brown's presentation of him as the man who oversaw the reshaping of Christian history (The Da Vinci Code). In Constantine the Emperor, David Potter confronts each of these skewed and partial accounts to provide the most comprehensive, authoritative, and readableaccount of Constantine's extraordinary life.

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David Potter is Francis W. Kelsey Collegiate Professor of Greek and Roman History and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Greek and Latin at the University of Michigan. His books include Theodora (OUP), The Victor's Crown (OUP), Emperors of Rome, and Ancient Rome: A New History

The interested reader could find no better starting point for exploring the man and the era than David Potter's Constantine the Emperor.
Adrian Goldsworthy, The Wall Street Journal

A vividly detailed and energetically told biography.
Publishers Weekly

His narrative is crisp, clean and uncluttered [...] about men and events that have long been the subject of intensive, sometimes bitter controversy.
Peter Costello, The Irish Catholic

Constantine was a general of genius and a ruler and administrator of great ingenuity and efficiency.
Steve Craggs, The Northern Echo

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Emperors - Rome - Biography.|Rome - History - Constantine I, the Great, 306-337.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
384

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