Constantine: Dynasty, Religion and Power in the Later Roman Empire
May 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
- First study of Constantine to make use of Kevin Wilkinson’s re-dating of the poet Palladas to the reign of Constantine, disproving the predominant scholarly belief that Constantine remained tolerant in matters of religion to the end of his reign
- Clearly sets out the problems associated with depictions of Constantine and answers them with great clarity
- Includes Barnes’ own research into the marriage of Constantine’s parents, Constantine’s status as a crown prince and his father’s legitimate heir, and his dynastic plans
- Honorable Mention for 2011 Classics & Ancient History PROSE award granted by the Association of American Publishers
Official Lies and the 'Constantinian Question'.
The Progress of Historical Research.
Contemporary Perspectives on Constantine.
Coins, Inscriptions and Monuments.
II The Soldier and the Stable-Girl.
The Social Status of Helena.
The Marriage of Constantine's Parents.
Constantius' Second Wife.
The Later Life of Helena.
III Constantine, the Ruins of Babylon and the Court of Pharaoh.
The Diocletianic Tetrarchy (293-305).
The Appointment of New Emperors .
Constantine in the East (293-305).
The Dynastic Coup of 305.
IV The Road to Rome.
Constantine's Recognition as a Legitimate Emperor.
Politics and Warfare 306-310.
The Vision of Constantine.
The Invasion of Italy.
Constantine in Rome and Christmas 312.
Constantinian Churches in Rome.
Annex: The Legal Status of Constantine, 306-311.
V Brothers-in-Law .
Constantine and Licinius in Milan.
Was there an 'Edict of Milan'?
From Cibalae (316) to Chrysopolis (324).
VI The Transformation of the East.
The Foundation of Constantinople.
An Imperial Sermon.
The Council of Nicaea.
A Christian Capital for a Christian Roman Empire.
Constantine and Ecclesiastical Politics.
East and West in the Fourth Century.
VII Dynastic Politics after the Council of Nicaea.
The Deaths of Crispus and Fausta.
A Third Wife for Constantine?
The Organisation of the Empire.
Constantine's Dynastic Plans.
An Astrologer's Praise of Constantine.
Tables A. Marriage Alliances and Children: Members of the Imperial College 293-311.
B. Children and Grandchildren of Constantius, the Father of Constantine.
C. The Dynastic Marriages of 335 and 336.
Appendices 1. The Career of Lactantius.
2. Galerius' Sarmatian Victories.
3. The Panegyrici Latini and Constantine.
4. Eusebius, On Easter (De Solemnitate Paschali).
5. Nicagoras in Egypt.
6. Praxagoras of Athens.
7. An Anonymous Panegyric of Constantine Notes.
“This fine book is a significant achievement in a fertile era of Constantinian studies.” (Ecclesiastical History, 1 July 2013)
“I would recommend a careful reading of this book to anyone who wants to discover what we really know about Constantine.” (Open House, 1 April 2012)"Summing Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates and above." (Choice, 1 January 2012) “Barnes' hypothesis, that Constantine pursued aggressively Christian policies, is sustained through a point-by-point summation of four decades of scholarship, and vindicated by the latest innovative research. This is a powerful, polemical, and persuasive book.”
Paul Stephenson, University of Durham
"Thirty years after Constantine and Eusebius, Tim Barnes has rejoined the fray of Constantinian studies. Armed with fresh evidence and characteristic vigor, blending biography, politics, and religion, Barnes has once again set the agenda for debate on topics central to the history of the later Roman world."
Dennis Trout, University of Missouri