Two Portraits of Constantine Constantine according to Eusebius. Constantine according to Zosimus.
Diocletian’s tetrarchy André Thevet The Tetrarchs. Corner of San Marco, Venice.
Eusebius of Caesarea (263-339) • Bishop of Caesarea in Palestine • Follower of Origen • Wrote the first history of the Church • Knew Constantine personally • His portrait of the first Christian emperor
Labarum Chi-Ro sign. Detail of 4th c. sarcophagus Coin from the time of Constans (337-350)
Two religions combined:Emperor Valens with the Labarum & the statue of Nike (364-7 AD)
Timeline • 303-311 The Great Persecution started by Diocletian • 312 Constantine defeats Maxentius; beginning of Constantine’s conversion • 313 Edict of Milan • 324 Constantine defeats Licinius and becomes sole emperor • 325 Council of Nicaea • 337 Constantine dies; empire is inherited by his two surviving sons