When we, Constantine Augustus and Licinius Augustus, met so happily at Milan, and considered together all that concerned the interest and security of the State, we decided . . . to grant to Christians and to everybody the free power to follow the religion of their choice, in order that all that is divine in the heavens may be favorable and propitious towards us and towards all who are placed under our authority.
-- from a rescript issued at Nicomedia by Licinius, June 13, 313.
There have been few if any moments in history as dramatic as that which occurred at the beginning of the fourth century when an oppressed but inspired minority found itself instantly released into a career of great promise. Imperial patrons and . . .
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