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By R. Ross Holloway

Constantine the nice (285-337) performed a very important position in mediating among the pagan, imperial previous of the town of Rome, which he conquered in 312, and its destiny as a Christian capital. during this realized and hugely readable ebook, Ross Holloway examines Constantine's outstanding development programme in Rome. Holloway starts off via reading the Christian Church within the interval sooner than the Peace of 313, while Constantine and his co-emperor Licinius ended the persecution of the Christians. He then specializes in the constitution, type, and importance of vital monuments: the Arch of Constantine and the 2 nice Christian basilicas, St. John's within the Lateran and St. Peter's, in addition to the imperial mausoleum at Tor Pignatara. In a last bankruptcy Holloway advances a brand new interpretation of the archaeology of the Tomb of St. Peter underneath the excessive altar of St. Peter's Basilica. The tomb, he concludes, used to be now not the unique resting position of the continues to be honored as these of the Apostle yet used to be created in simple terms in 251 by way of Pope Cornelius. Drawing at the latest archaeological facts, he describes a cityscape that was once right now Christian and pagan, mirroring the character of its ruler.

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