Foreign Languages & Literatures ETDs

Author

Pamela Sharp

Publication Date

2-8-2011

Abstract

Focusing on Late Antiquity and in particular the fourth century AD, the question of Emperor Constantines policy of religious tolerance is examined. Constantine and his times and issues introduce the theme. The sincerity of Constantine's Christian belief and his relationship to the Church set the background of the debate, along with a look at three influences upon him, Eusebius of Caesarea, Ossius of Cordova, and Lactantius. Examining the atmosphere or climate gives added criteria for determining Constantine's religious policy. Lactantian views are investigated more fully for his influence on Constantine. Other problems looked at are the controversy over the Edict of Milan, the question of Eusebius' reliability and whether or not Constantine issued a ban on sacrifice. After exploring these issues, it is concluded that Constantine did maintain a policy of religious tolerance.

Keywords

Constantine, Religious Tolerance

Document Type

Thesis

Language

English

Degree Name

Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies

Level of Degree

Masters

Department Name

Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

First Advisor

Graham, Timothy

First Committee Member (Chair)

Graham, Timothy

Second Committee Member

Paine, Charles

Third Committee Member

Smith, Warren

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