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Gaius Flavius Valerius Aurelius Constantinus
(272 - 337)

Gaius Flavius Valerius Aurelius Constantinus

Co-emperor and then (from 324) sole emperor of the Roman Empire in the early 4th century CE, under whom the city of Constantinople (formerly Byzantium) was established (in 330) as the "new Rome" and capital of the Empire. He publicly embraced Christianity near the beginning of his rule, granted Christians official toleration for the first time, and was instrumental in convening the Council of Nicea in 325 and in developing Constantinople as a "Christian" city. Thus he was very important for the establishment of an "officially" sanctioned Christian orthodoxy as well as the growth in Christian political influence and power.

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