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Constantine I

Constantine the Emperor by David Potter. Biography of Roman emperor who was an aggressive warrior, a sometimes-cruel partner, and an immensely shrewd ruler.

Constantine: Dynasty, Religion and Power in the Later Roman Empire by Timothy Barnes. Biography that challenges the belief that Constantine remained tolerant in matters of religion.

Life of Constantine by Eusebius. The emperor Constantine converted the the Roman Empire to Christianity. Eusebius wrote his life and preserved his letters.

Constantine and the Conversion of Europe by A. H. M. Jones. According to this book, Constantine hardly deserves the title of Great, and still less does he deserve the title of saint. His political murders, and his execution of his wife and son, shocked even contemporary opinion.

Constantine and the Christian Empire by Charles M. Odahl. Comprehensive biography based on literary sources and archaeology.

The Emperor Constantine by Hans A. Pohlsander. A concise account of one of the most important figures in ancient history.

Constantine the Great: And the Christian Revolution by G. P. Baker. Describes Constantine's conversion, wars, and the founding of Constantinople.

Helena Augusta: Mother of the Empire by Julia Hillner. Biography of the mother of the first Christian emperor, Constantine.

Constantine Remembered

Constantine: History, Historiography, and Legend by Samuel N.C. Leiu and Dominic Monserrat. Examines the varied accounts of Constantine's life and the medieval legends surrounding his reign.

The Life and Legacy of Constantine: Traditions Through the Ages edited by M. Shane Bjornlie. Essays on how Roman emperor Constantine the Great's memory has been constructed by the human imagination.

Military History

Constantine the Great General: A Military Biography by Elizabeth James. Examines each of Constantine's campaigns and battles to show that he was a great general as well as a great emperor.

A Military Life of Constantine the Great by Ian Hughes. Assesses whether Constantine deserves the title "the Great" for his military achievements.

Milvian Bridge AD 312: Constantine's Battle for Empire and Faith by Ross Cowan, illustrated by Seán Ó'Brógáin. How Constantine defeated the emperor Maxentius at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge due to Maxentius's poor choice of battleground.

Remembering Constantine at the Milvian Bridge by Raymond Van Dam. Examines the creation and dissemination of the legends about that battle and its significance.

Constantine and His Era

Constantine and Eusebius by Timothy D. Barnes. Analyzes Constantine's rise to power and how his adherence to Christianity advanced his political aims. Eusebius' writings show that many attitudes deemed typical of the Constantinian revolution were prevalent before the new Christian empire came into existence.

The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Constantine edited by Noel Lenski. A comprehensive one-volume survey of the pivotal Roman emperor Constantine I and his times.

Constantine and the Cities: Imperial Authority and Civic Politics by Noel Lenski. Constantine sent unmistakable signals to his non-Christian subjects that he was willing to accept their beliefs and incorporate traditional forms of religious expression into his self-presentation.

Constantine and Christianity

Constantine, Divine Emperor of the Christian Golden Age by Jonathan Bardill. Explores how Roman emperor Constantine's propagandists exploited traditional imagery of rulership to portray him as elected by God to save his people.

Constantine: Unconquered Emperor, Christian Victor by Paul Stephenson. How the Roman emperor gave birth to the idea of a unified Christian Europe underpinned by religious tolerance.

Constantine and the Bishops: The Politics of Intolerance by H. A. Drake. Shows how Constantine's policies were constructed to ensure the stability of the empire. Despite the emperor's conversion to Christianity, Rome remained a world filled with gods.

Constantine's Bible: Politics and the Making of the New Testament by David L. Dungan. Discusses the Roman emperor Constantine's achievement in transforming orthodox, Catholic Christianity into imperial Christianity.

Constantine: Religious Faith and Imperial Policy by A. Edward Siecienski. Papers examining the sincerity of the Roman emperor's Christian commitment and whether it was a means to a political end.

Books About Christianity and Royalty


The Living Wood by Louis De Wohl. Novel about Saint Helena, mother of Emperor Constantine, and her quest for the True Cross.

Children's Books

The Life & Times of Constantine by Kathleen Tracy. Biography for children ages 9 to 12.

Constantine: Ruler of Ancient Rome by Julian Morgan. Children's book about emperor Constantine I.

Movies and Documentaries

These DVDs are formatted for North American audiences.

Constantine: The Christian Emperor. Documentary from A&E's "Biography" series.

Constantine and the Cross. This lavish historical saga stars Cornel Wilde as Constantine, who was led by a vision to convert to Christianity and to end the Roman persecution of the Church.

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