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The rating reflects the edition by Cameron and Hall. I don't like rating ancient sources according to preference. Constantine is a polarizing figure in the Christian world. Eusebius reports that he was a wise, pious, strong, and benevolent ruler, who loved God and worshiped his Son.

The arguments that I have read, which present Constantine as anything other than this, seem to lack evidence from any primary source. Mar 11, Shane rated it liked it Shelves: The main problem is Eusebius is just too flattering of Constantine. I get that after centuries of discouragement and sporadic outright persecution by the Roman Emperors, having Constantine come along and promote Christianity probably did seem like the greates "Life of Constantine" was a very interesting book to me, and it contained many of the elements that I liked about Eusebius's "History of the Church"--long quotations of source material; vivid, clever metaphors--but overall it wasn't as good.

I get that after centuries of discouragement and sporadic outright persecution by the Roman Emperors, having Constantine come along and promote Christianity probably did seem like the greatest miracle God had ever sent to earth, but Eusebius gets over-the-top. One has the mental image of Eusebius as a dog eagerly sitting at Constantine's feet.

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Eusebius admits that he is only concerned with Constantine's events that effect Christianity, but he skips over some interesting but less-flattering details--like the fact that for reasons unknown Constantine had his eldest son and second wife executed. Some of his logic also seems flawed, as when he says that Constantine took many old pagan statues from their original place and displayed them in public spaces in Constantinople to shame the pagans, when the much more likely answer is that Constantine just wanted some fancy decoration for his new city.

There were many good stories; the best passages were those that concerned Constantine versus Licinius which again is too skewed, but it did read very lively; the kind of conflict that could be a Holywood movie , the Council of Nicaea, and descriptions of the design and construction of the churches Constantine built. Potter's School Classical Track Year 2. Written by the Roman historian Eusebius, this is a eulogy honoring emperor Constantine.

Eusebius was the "official" historian for Constantine, so he likely did all he could to portray Constantine in a favorable light, especially in terms of his conversion, i.

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Constantine is THE Christian emperor. He's almost portrayed as a saint, a recreation of a Christian hero model. In chapter 3 he puts forward the idea that God honors pious kings, i. Constantine, but destroys tyrants. Here you get the be Written by the Roman historian Eusebius, this is a eulogy honoring emperor Constantine. Here you get the beginning of the sense of the divine right of kings, i. If God is pleased with you as king, you have to do whatever the king says. This justifies whatever Constantine decides to do.

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He's like a mini Messiah; God has confirmed what he does. Eusebius demonstrates this with: If this is true then you'll keep on conquering to prove God favors you.

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