Constantine the Emperor

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$34.95  $32.15
Publisher
Oxford University Press, USA
Publish Date
Pages
368
Dimensions
6.3 X 1.4 X 9.3 inches | 1.4 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780199755868

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About the Author


David Potter is Francis W. Kelsey Collegiate Professor of Greek and Roman History and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Greek and Latin at the University of Michigan. His books include Theodora, The Victor's Crown, Emperors of Rome, and Ancient Rome: A New History.

Reviews


"David Potter's Constantine the Emperor is a fresh look by a veteran scholar at one of the most pivotal reigns in Western history. Almost all studies of this emperor take his conversion to Christianity as their starting point. Potter broadens the focus to show a shrewd field commander who can diagnose and exploit his opponents' weaknesses and an able ruler with a deeply held belief that his 'job' committed him to protecting the weak and ensuring fairness for all his subjects." --Harold Drake, University of California, Santa Barbara


"Crisp in its prose and comprehensive in its coverage, Constantine the Emperor grounds its much mythologized subject in the solid realities of imperial governance." --Noel Lenski, University of Colorado


"This is a penetrating and original analysis, closely based on contemporary evidence, of the step-by-step evolution of Constantine's role as Emperor, and of his conception of that role. Within that wider framework, the nature of Constantine's commitment to Christianity, and of his self-representation as a Christian, is carefully re-evaluated." --Sir Fergus Millar, University of Oxford




"Vividly detailed and energetically told biography..." --Publishers Weekly


"This imaginative work is a fine contribution to scholarship on Emperor Constantine. ... Potter ably negotiates the literary and nonliterary evidence to demonstrate a number of major elements of Constantine's life... . [H]is understanding and explanation of the emperor's religious involvement are penetrating." --The Historian


"A good fit for academics and students of Roman history."--Kirkus


"David Potter's Constantine the Emperor is a fresh look by a veteran scholar at one of the most pivotal reigns in Western history. Almost all studies of this emperor take his conversion to Christianity as their starting point. Potter broadens the focus to show a shrewd field commander who can diagnose and exploit his opponents' weaknesses and an able ruler with a deeply held belief that his 'job' committed him to protecting the weak and ensuring fairness for all his subjects." --Harold Drake, University of California, Santa Barbara


"Crisp in its prose and comprehensive in its coverage, Constantine the Emperor grounds its much mythologized subject in the solid realities of imperial governance." --Noel Lenski, University of Colorado


"This is a penetrating and original analysis, closely based on contemporary evidence, of the step-by-step evolution of Constantine's role as Emperor, and of his conception of that role. Within that wider framework, the nature of Constantine's commitment to Christianity, and of his self-representation as a Christian, is carefully re-evaluated." --Sir Fergus Millar, University of Oxford


Potter, a professor of Greek and Roman history at the University of Michigan, actually offers this major hunk of history in a surprisingly readable and compelling manner. His description is excellent of Constantine's complicated world with its spreading Christian influence, altogether as good a story as the sordid family strife surrounding this emperor. Ancient Tides


"The interested reader could find no better starting point for exploring the man and the era than David Potter's Constantine the Emperor... [R]ewarding." --lThe Wall Street Journal



"ELvividly detailed and energetically told biography, Constantine was also one of Rome's greatest emperors and one of history's greatest leaders, with savvy leadership skills, great passion, and desire for an ordered society" Publishers Weekly


"Potter's interpretation of Constantine as transforming the world without intending to have that effect remains deeply provocative." l The History Book Club




"[Potter] has examined, with gusto and an unrivalled mastery of detail, the aspects of Constantine neglected by those who concentrate only on his relations with Christianity. Potter's study of the mechanisms by which power was built up and brought to bear in the Roman world brings us closer to Constantine than any pious biography would."-Peter Brown, London Review of Books


"Vividly detailed and energetically told biography..." --Publishers Weekly


"This imaginative work is a fine contribution to scholarship on Emperor Constantine. ... Potter ably negotiates the literary and nonliterary evidence to demonstrate a number of major elements of Constantine's life... . [H]is understanding and explanation of the emperor's religious involvement are penetrating." --The Historian


"A good fit for academics and students of Roman history."--Kirkus


"David Potter's Constantine the Emperor is a fresh look by a veteran scholar at one of the most pivotal reigns in Western history. Almost all studies of this emperor take his conversion to Christianity as their starting point. Potter broadens the focus to show a shrewd field commander who can diagnose and exploit his opponents' weaknesses and an able ruler with a deeply held belief that his 'job' committed him to protecting the weak and ensuring fairness for all his subjects." --Harold Drake, University of California, Santa Barbara


"Crisp in its prose and comprehensive in its coverage, Constantine the Emperor grounds its much mythologized subject in the solid realities of imperial governance." --Noel Lenski, University of Colorado


"This is a penetrating and original analysis, closely based on contemporary evidence, of the step-by-step evolution of Constantine's role as Emperor, and of his conception of that role. Within that wider framework, the nature of Constantine's commitment to Christianity, and of his self-representation as a Christian, is carefully re-evaluated." --Sir Fergus Millar, University of Oxford


Potter, a professor of Greek and Roman history at the University of Michigan, actually offers this major hunk of history in a surprisingly readable and compelling manner. His description is excellent of Constantine's complicated world with its spreading Christian influence, altogether as good a story as the sordid family strife surrounding this emperor. Ancient Tides


"The interested reader could find no better starting point for exploring the man and the era than David Potter's Constantine the Emperor... [R]ewarding." --lThe Wall Street Journal



"ELvividly detailed and energetically told biography, Constantine was also one of Rome's greatest emperors and one of history's greatest leaders, with savvy leadership skills, great passion, and desire for an ordered society" Publishers Weekly


"Potter's interpretation of Constantine as transforming the world without intending to have that effect remains deeply provocative." l The History Book Club




"A vividly detailed and energetically told biography." --Publishers Weekly


"The interested reader could find no better starting point for exploring the man and the era than David Potter's Constantine the Emperor." --The Wall Street Journal




"A vividly detailed and energetically told biography." --Publishers Weekly


"The interested reader could find no better starting point for exploring the man and the era than David Potter's Constantine the Emperor." --The Wall Street Journal


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