1 Constantine: The Saviour of Humanity 1
2 Christianity: A Masterpiece 17
3 The Church: Another Masterpiece 33
4 The Dream of the Milvian Bridge: Constantine’s Faith and his Conversion 46
5 The Motives, Both Major and Minor, for Constantine’s Conversion 58
6 Constantine, the Church’s ‘President’ 73
7 An Ambivalent Century, with an Empire at Once Pagan and Christian 84
8 Christianity Wavers, Then Triumphs 98
9 A Partial and Mixed State Religion: The Fate of the Jews 107
10 Was There an Ideology? 123
11 Does Europe Have Christian Roots? 138
Appendix: Polytheisms and Monolatry in Ancient
Supplementary Notes 236
"A vigorously written interpretative essay about the triumph of Christianity in late antiquity, by a selfprofessed unbeliever. Veyne, always as sensitive to the process of writing history as he is to the study of the past itself, approaches the early history of Christianity as an avant-garde religion. He examines the implications of its appropriation by the state with great energy and in an uncompromising manner."
This book focuses on a key historical event: Emperor Constantine's conversion to Christianity in the 4th Century. This was an event of great historical significance which triggered Christianity's rise to dominance in the West.
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