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Yale University: The Early Middle Ages, 284-1000 with Paul Freedman | 04/22 | The Christian Roman Empire

The Early Middle Ages, 284–1000 (HIST 210) The emperor Constantine’s conversion to Christianity brought change to the Roman Empire as its population gradually abandoned the old religions in favor of Christianity. The reign of Julian the Apostate, a nephew of Constantine, saw the last serious attempt to restore civic polytheism as the official religion. The …

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Yale University: The Early Middle Ages, 284-1000 with Paul Freedman | 03/22 | Constantine and the Early Church

Professor Freedman examines how Christianity came to be the official religion of the Roman Empire. This process began seriously in 312, when the emperor Constantine converted after a divinely inspired victory at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge. Constantine’s conversion would have seemed foolish as a political strategy since Christianity represented a completely different system …

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