Why did Constantine make Christianity the official religion of Rome?
Some scholars allege that his main objective was to gain unanimous approval and submission to his authority from all classes, and therefore chose Christianity to conduct his political propaganda, believing that it was the most appropriate religion that could fit with the Imperial cult (see also Sol Invictus).
Why was Christianity made the official religion of Rome?
The persecution of Christians peaked under the rule of Emperor Diocletian (ca. 245 – 316). He wanted to revive old pagan cults and make them into a kind of state religion.
What happened in the year 313 AD?
In 313 the Edict of Milan was issued. In this edict, emperors Constantine and Licinius ordered that the Roman Empire would now be tolerant of religion, including Christianity. Many saw this basically as an imperial backing of the Christian church.
When did Constantine the Great rule?
Kōnstantînos; 27 February c. 272 – 22 May 337), also known as Constantine the Great, was Roman emperor from 306 to 337.
|Constantine the Great|
|Colossal head, Capitoline Museums|
|Reign||25 July 306 – 22 May 337 (alone from 19 September 324)|
How did Christianity become the official religion of the Byzantine empire?
Constantine I ( r . 324–337) reorganised the empire, made Constantinople the new capital and legalised Christianity. Under Theodosius I ( r . 379–395), Christianity became the state religion and other religious practices were proscribed.