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Constantine The Great Flavius Valerius Constantinus also known as Constantine the Great was the first Roman emperor to adopt Christianity He was educated in the imperial court of Rome and pursued to succeed his father In 305 AD his father became the emperor of the Western Empire But when he died in 306 AD British troops declared that Constantine should replace his father The Eastern emperor Galerius refused this claim and gave Constantine a lesser rank The Emperor Constantine I was the sole ruler of the Roman world between 324 and 337 AD His reign was one of the most crucial of all the emperors in determining the future course of western civilization By making Christianity the religious foundation of his domain he set the religious course for the future of Europe which remains in place to this very day Because he replaced Rome with Constantinople as the center of imperial power he made it clear that the city of Rome was no longer the center of power and he also set the stage for the Middle Ages His view of monarchy became the foundation for the concept of the divine right of kings Constantine the son of Constantius Chlorus and Helena seems to have been born in Naissus in Serbia on 27 February ca 272 or 273 CE When his father had become Caesar in 293 AD Constantius had sent his son to the Emperor Galerius as hostage for his own good behavior Constantine however returned to his father in Britain on July 25th 306 Soon after his fathers death Constantine was raised to the purple by the army The period between 306 and 324 during Constantines rule was a period of constant civil war Two sets of campaigns not only guaranteed Constantine a spot in Roman history but also made him sole ruler of the Roman Empire On October 28th 312 he defeated Maxentius at The Battle of the Milvian Bridge In
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