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History 107

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  1. History 107 Constantine’s Reforms Constantine and Christianity

  2. Constantinian Reforms • Military: • The comitatus (mobile forces attached to the Imperial court)

  3. Civil reforms • Imperial court is increased • Personal attendants and eunuchs

  4. Constantinople • Modern Istanbul, ancient Byzantium • A new imperial capital - to celebrate consolidation of imperial power

  5. Constantine’s Death • 337: • illness while preparing for an invasion of Persia

  6. Constantine and Christianity • Conversion

  7. Constantine and Christianity • Imperial rescripts (i.e., responses to letters with force of law) give the Church special privileges

  8. Constantine and Christianity • The Donatist schism

  9. Constantine and Christianity • The Arian heresy • 325: The council of Nicaea

  10. Constantine and Christianity • The Nicene Creed • The result of the council of Nicaea

  11. Constantine and Christianity • Arianism does not die • The emperor is established as a secular authority

  12. Rome and its legacy • Law • Republic • Empire and economy

  13. Rome and its legacy • Army structure • Architecture and engineering