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Constantine the Great, 272 - 337, Roman Empire, Serbia

The first Roman emperor to convert to Christianity. Constantine and co-Emperor Licinius issued the Edict of Milan in 313, which proclaimed tolerance of all religions throughout the empire. Constantine defeated the emperors Maxentius and Licinius during civil wars. He also fought successfully against the Franks, Alamanni, Visigoths, and Sarmatians during his reign ¡ª even resettling parts of Dacia which had been abandoned during the previous century. Constantine built a new imperial residence at Byzantium, naming it New Rome. However, in Constantine's honor, people called it Constantinople, which would later be the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire for over one thousand years. Because of this, he is thought of as the founder of the Eastern Roman Empire. Constantine was a ruler of major historical importance, and he has always been a controversial figure. He was born in present-day Serbia.
Constantine, , The Great
Alternative Name: Constantine I, Flavius Valerius Constantinus
People type: political leader
Achievement: Roman Emperor who built the eastern Roman empire
First Roman emperor to convert to Christianity
Roman Empire| | | Flavius Constantius,
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