Chapter I

What was the precise part of Constantine in the revolution by which Christianity became the dominant religion of European civilization The question and its answer have many ramifications. Of little importance for us is the much-discussed matter of the sincerity of his motives. Plausible motives are easily manufactured to fit any point of view and aid immensely in the construction of an interesting, consistent narrative but the purposes actually controlling a man's conduct are often obscure to...

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Own intrinsic importance as well as the first.1 They are of interest also as illustrating the history of the intellectual development of Europe. No tests of this development are more illuminating than the function played in various generations by legendary processes and the reaction of different groups of men toward mistaken traditional conceptions. The historical rather than the ''real Constantine, however, must be our point of departure. Even in fields where vast funds of original sources of...