How the persecution of the Christians ended and the world was changed forever by the hand of one man - Constantine the Great.



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Emperors Diocletian's 'Tetrarchy', a hierarchic system of four emperors, fails as they soon fight each-other. Autumn 321, co-emperor Constantines army prepares north of Rome to defeat his tyrannical western rival Maxentius. Clerk Lactantius, whose writings are the major source for this film, tries to convince Constantine to put his faith in the secretive slave religion, Christianity; something in the sky, perhaps a striking meteorite, is taken as a divine sign; he adopts the PX-emblem -crossing Greek letters chi and ro for Christ- to mark his troops' shields, even though the men are reluctant to betray the pagan gods. Maxentius, who just received major reinforcements, bringing his strength to 75,000, lays a trap at the Milvian bridge over the Tiber, but it fails and he drowns. Constantine promises his reign will liberate the people and restores goods and senatorial authority, making his entry a true triumph. Now he turns his attention to the easter half of the empire, and marries off ... Written by KGF Vissers

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19 October 2006 (UK)  »

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the founder of Christianity( Christian empire)
6 May 2007 | by See all my reviews

This episode focused on the achievements and person of Constantine gives a political interpretation of his religious choices and considers his adherence to Christianity as a political weapon to advance his rule and with it the interests of the Empire which he conceived as identical with those of his person.He eliminated through wars the rest of the imperial contenders, the pompous Maxentious in the battle of the Mulvian bridge where the above mentioned contenders military stratagem backfired as well as his former ally Licinious, who was also the husband of his sister. The latter, whom he had spared after defeat, he hired killers to kill as well as his son in his villa-there is a brilliant idea in the episode to show the assassination the same time with Constantine reciting to the bishops the articles of the Nicean Creed-a stark observation of the discrepancy between declaration of faith and actual practice. There is also the implication that he was behind the assassination of his wife. This laudable man who was made a saint by the Eastern Orthodox Church was nevertheless very shrewd politically and the tone of the episode justifies his actions and legacy.The rather neutral actor that plays him is a good choice, since being poker-faced becomes an autocrat.

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