Essay The Legacy Of The Roman Empire

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When we think of religion and how it has helped mould our society, we might think of moral values. However, religion has affected much more than that. It has changed the way we live our lives, in terms of both faith and politics. The rich history of the Christian Church exemplifies the importance of Church and State complimenting one another. An example of this is the conversion of Constantine. The emperor Constantine has been called the most important emperor of the late antiquity. The many great events of his reign laid foundations that would affect the future of Europe and Western Civilization for centuries to come. His recognition and support of Christianity was one of the most important moments in world history. Moving the government of the Roman Empire to Constantinople and founding “New Rome” was one of the most significant decisions ever made by a Roman ruler. Of Constantine’s major accomplishments, the most important was his recognition of Christianity. In 311 CE, he ordered the end of the persecution of Christians. In this essay, the extent to which religion has played a role in the evolution of the nation-state over time will be explored through The Conversion of Constantine, with reference to political theory and religious theology.
The first recorded official persecution of Christians on behalf of the Roman Empire was in the year 64, when Emperor Nero attempted to blame Christians for the Great Fire of Rome. According to Church tradition, it was during the…

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