Course Code: 2XCO10A20
Start Date: 15/09/2020Day of the Week:
Length in weeks: 10
Time: 10.00am - 12.00 noon
By endorsing Christianity after his conversion in 312AD Constantine dramatically changed the fortunes of the Christian minority; he ended persecution, legitimised their religion and declared religious freedom for all. Christians soon became the Establishment, their bishops’ influential civil servants; traditional Roman religion withered and died. Christian Europe was on the horizon. A plausible account, it seems, but how true is it? Why did Constantine embrace Christianity? Did he establish a ‘Christian’ Empire? What changed and what remained untouched? Was paganism doomed? What was the cost to both State and Church of this improbable coupling? When did the Ancient World end?