For anyone interested in the Byzantine Empire or history in general, you should check out part one of my two part guest blog over at Robert Horvat’s The History of the Byzantine Empire! I was fortunate enough to write about this subject, one I’m fairly interested in myself. If these sorts of blogs interest you, follow Robert Horvat on Twitter @roberthorvat30 and subscribe to his websites!
Did you know there’s a work of art that has been stolen by some of history’s most influential leaders? The Horses of Saint Mark hold an incredibly intriguing history. You won’t believe who owned them, and that each of its most outstanding owners stole them from the last!
Constantine, the son of Augustus Constantinius Chlorus and Helena, was proclaimed the Augustus of the Western Roman Empire upon the death of his father on July 25th, 306 CE. He became the sole ruler of the empire after the Battle of Milvian Bridge in 312 and the defeat of Licinius in 324, after which he re-United the Empire under his reign. Building Constantinople, “Constantine’s City” or “New Rome”, he created the new capital of the empire. He would go on to revolutionize and reform coinage, with his reign introducing a new “form” of gold called solidus. He played a crucial role in the Christianization of the Roman World, getting baptized on his deathbed and leaving the standards for future emperors.