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Roman Emperor, Christian Victor

By Paul Stephenson

Overlook Press, Hardcover, 9781590203248, 358pp.

Publication Date: June 10, 2010

Under Constantine, Christianity emerged from the shadows, its adherents no longer persecuted. Constantine united the western and eastern halves of the Roman Empire. He founded a new capital city, Constantinople. Thereafter the Christian Roman Empire endured in the East, while Rome itself fell to the barbarian hordes Paul Stephenson offers a nuanced and deeply satisfying account of a man whose cultural and spiritual renewal of the Roman Empire gave birth to the idea of a unified Christian Europe underpinned by a commitment to religious tolerance.

About the Author
Paul Stephenson is a professor of history at Durham University and a specialist in the early and middle Byzantine periods. His publications include The Legend of Basil the Bulgar-slayer and Byzantium s Balkan Frontier: A Political Study of the Northern Balkans, 900 1204. Stephenson has researched and taught in the UK, Germany, and the USA."