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The emperor Constantine has been called the most important emperor of the late antiquity The many great events of his reign laid foundations that would affect the future of Europe and Western Civilization for centuries to come His recognition and support of Christianity was one of the most important moments in world history Moving the government of the Roman Empire to Constantinople and founding New Rome was one of the most significant decisions ever made by a Roman ruler Ten emperors who reigned after Constantine took his name This is just one more indication of his importance in history and the honor in which he was held by his people The one known as the emperor Constantine was born Flavius Valerius Constantinus in Naissus a town in Serbia on February 27 probably sometime in the 270s CE His mother was a woman of humble background named Helena who would later become a Christian Because of her good works she was made a Christian saint after her death Constantines father was a career military officer named Constantius Constantine was married at least twice and had four sons Crispus Constantine II Constantius Constans Constantius his father was in charge of the Roman Province of Britannia When Constantius died at York in 306 CE Constantine who was at his side was immediately proclaimed emperor by the army However it took many years of political struggle and actual civil war before he could consolidate his power Constantine finally became the sole ruler of the Roman Empire in 323 CE when he defeated the eastern Emperor Licinius Of Constantines major accomplishments the most important was his recognition of the Christianity In 311 CE he ordered the end of the persecution of Christians On October 28 312 CE Constantine faced one of his greatest battles as he tried to consolidate his power He was greatly outnumbered by the forces of Maxentius who also wanted to be emperor In a
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