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Constantine's Policy of Religious Tolerance: Was It Tolerant Or Not?

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Title: Constantine's Policy of Religious Tolerance: Was It Tolerant Or Not?
Author: Sharp, Pamela
Advisor(s): Graham, Timothy
Committee Member(s): Graham, Timothy
Paine, Charles
Smith, Warren
Department: University of New Mexico. Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Subject: Constantine
Religious Tolerance
LC Subject(s): Constantine I,Emperor of Rome, d. 337--Religion
Toleration--Rome
Religion and state--Rome
Degree Level: Masters
Abstract: Focusing on Late Antiquity and in particular the fourth century AD, the question of Emperor Constantine’s policy of religious tolerance is examined. Constantine and his times and issues introduce the theme. The sincerity of Constantine’s Christian belief and his relationship to the Church set the background of the debate, along with a look at three influences upon him, Eusebius of Caesarea, Ossius of Cordova, and Lactantius. Examining the atmosphere or climate gives added criteria for determining Constantine’s religious policy. Lactantian views are investigated more fully for his influence on Constantine. Other problems looked at are the controversy over the Edict of Milan, the question of Eusebius’ reliability and whether or not Constantine issued a ban on sacrifice. After exploring these issues, it is concluded that Constantine did maintain a policy of religious tolerance.
Graduation Date: December 2010
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/12061


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