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During the rule of Roman Emperor Constantine the Great (reigned 306–337), Christianity became a dominant religion of the Roman Empire


Vatican Treasure: Sarcophagus of St. Helena, ca. 4th C. AD. Mother of Roman Emperor Constantine I the Great (who legalized Christianity in 313 with his Edict of Milan)


Anti-Christian Policies in the Roman Empire-- occurred intermittently over a period of over two centuries until the year 313 when the Roman Emperors Constantine the Great and Licinius jointly promulgated the Edict of Milan which legalised the Christian religion. The persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire was carried out by the state and also by local authorities on a sporadic, ad hoc basis, often at the whims of local communities.


Licinius I was the 59th Roman Emperor from 308 to 324. For the majority of his reign he was the brother-in-law, colleague (and sometime rival) of Constantine I. In 313, the two men co-authored the Edict of Milan that granted official toleration of Christianity in the Roman Empire. After defeating the various other emperors, Constantine made his move to consolidate power, and moved on Licinius, who was defeated at the Battle of Adrianople in 324 and executed on Constantine's orders the next…


Constantine the Great 58th. He was the first Roman emperor to convert to Christianity and played a crucial role in the proclamation of the Edict of Milan which promoted religious tolerance, especially towards Christians.

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