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Constantine’s Empire. Arch of Constantine 315 CE. II. The Terrible Third Century. A. Economic Decline 1. Success – slavery 2. End of conquests 3. Shortage of gold/silver B. Military vulnerability C. Political upheaval 1. Problem of imperial succession.

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Arch of

Constantine

315 CE

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II. The Terrible Third Century

A. Economic Decline

1. Success – slavery

2. End of conquests

3. Shortage of gold/silver

B. Military vulnerability

C. Political upheaval

1. Problem of imperial succession

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II. Military and Society under Diocletian

and Constantine

A. New Sort of Empire

1. Tetrarchy

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II. Military and Society under Diocletian

and Constantine

B. Military Reforms

1. Larger

2. Mobile

3. Multiple capitals

C. Administrative Reforms

1. Smaller provinces

2. Division of civil and military command

3. Regularized tax system

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II. Military and Society under Diocletian

and Constantine

D. Economic Reforms

1. Binding laborers to the land or crafts

2. Continued costs of great cities

3. Importance of East greater than West

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Baths of

Diocletian

c. 300 CE

Baths of Caracalla

c. 215 CE

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III. Constantine and the Church

A. Christianity becomes a world religion

B. Christian differences

Pantheon (Rome

c. 125 CE)

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III. Constantine and the Church

A. Christianity becomes a world religion

B. Christian differences

1. Religion of a book

2. A religious community

3. A life apart from majority

4. Triumph over death

C. Constantine favors Christians

1. Grants rights, property

Sarcophagus, 4th century

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Basilica Ulpia

Rome 113 CE

Church of Santa Maria Maggiore

Rome, 432 CE

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III. Constantine and the Church

A. Christianity becomes a world religion

B. Christian differences

1. Religion of a book

2. A religious community

3. A life apart from majority

4. Triumph over death

C. Constantine favors Christians

1. Grants rights, property

2. Imperial authority in church

3. Dilemma for Christians

Of this world or not?

Sarcophagus, 4th century

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IV. The Meaning of Constantinople

A. Symbol of the New Christian Empire founded

by Constantine