Constantine (KAHN stən teen) united the Roman Empire * under one ruler. Before this time, it had been divided. When he became emperor * , he made many changes. He wanted people to believe the government would be kind to them. He made a new coin called "solidus" which means solid. This coin was used in the empire for 700 years.
He wanted people to feel safe, and he wanted them to be treated right.
He studied the mistakes of others, and tried not to make the same mistakes.
The ruler made many changes. He said slaves should be treated well, and their families should not be separated. He made Sunday a day of rest.
He was impressed by the Christians' strong faith. He saw they were well organized and loyal. He knew he needed their help. To gain their support, he gave them religious freedom; the freedom to worship as they pleased. He banned * crucifixion * .
He himself became a Christian right before he died.
Constantine believed he had been chosen by God to rule. The capital was named after him. He called it Constantinople
(KAHN stan tə NO pl).
He enjoyed the support of the people. Even though he talked about peace, within his own family there was strife. It is said he even had some members of his family killed.
This biography by Patsy Stevens, a retired teacher, was written in 2001.
A frequent question:
"Who wrote this biography and when was it written?"
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Constantine the Great
at An Online Encyclopedia of Roman Emperors
The Emperor Constantine
The Early Church
Constantine the Great
The Roman Empire
Resources for Constantine the Great
Sam Houston State University
Colossal Statue of Constantine
From Word Central's Student Dictionary
by Merriam - Webster
(Pronunciation note: the schwa sound is shown by ə)
1 a : a major political unit with a large territory or a number of territories or peoples under one ruler with total authority; especially : one having an emperor as chief of state b : the territory of such a unit ...
Pronunciation: 'em-pər-ər, -prər
: the ruler of an empire
Word History : The word emperor is a general word for a ruler having total control of a country or region.
Use of the word emperor itself can be traced back to Imperator Caesar Augustus. The Latin word imperator was originally a title given to great Roman generals. The word meant "commander", and it was derived from the verb imperare "to command". It is because Augustus, the first Roman emperor, used imperator as a title that we use emperor as we do today....
: to forbid especially by law or social pressure...
: to put to death by nailing or binding the hands and feet to a cross...
Ancient Rome, Thematic Unit
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Roman Civilization has made important and lasting contributions to the culture of our country and the entire world. Located in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, Rome conquered and dominated this area and gave it a lasting peace for almost 1000 years. In the process, Roman engineers made the first extensive use of paved roads, the arch and modern plumbing. This unit study covers all areas of the curriculum as it further explores Roman History. The unit includes literature selections, language experience and writing ideas, bulletin board ideas, curriculum connections, a bibliography, group projects and culminating activities. The book used in this unit, that will need to be purchased or borrowed, is "Ancient Rome" by Simon James. There are also many articles in the workbook.
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