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Constantine the Great
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(270/288, Naissus [Niš] – 337, Constantinople). His father was Emperor Constantius Chlorus, his mother the emperor's concubine Helena). After his father's death in 306 Constantine had himself proclaimed emperor. This usurpation was followed by others and Constantine emerged as victor from the ensuing battles for control. Important events were the victory over Maxentius in 312 at the Milvian Bridge and over Licinius in 324 near Byzantium. Constantine began to stabilize the dynasty after he became sole ruler. He suffered setbacks when he had fir…

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Clauss, Manfred, “Constantine the Great”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 05 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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