Constantine the Great  

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According to Karlheinz Deschner in Kriminalgeschichte des Christentums, emperor Constantine I turned "the church of pacifists into a church of battlefield-shavelings."

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Caesar Flavius Valerius Aurelius Constantinus Augustus (27 February c. 272 – 22 May 337) was Roman emperor from 306, and the sole holder of that office from 324 until his death in 337. Best known for being the first Christian Roman emperor, Constantine reversed the persecutions of his predecessor, Diocletian, and issued (with his co-emperor Licinius) the Edict of Milan in 313, which proclaimed religious toleration throughout the empire.

Constantine also transformed the ancient Greek colony of Byzantium into a new imperial residence, Constantinople, which would remain the capital of the Byzantine Empire for over one thousand years.




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