The Emperor Constantine

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APPENDIX IV

The Creeds

1 The creed introduced by Eusebius of Caesarea at the Council of Nicaea:

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of all things both visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Word of God, God from God, light from light, life from life, the only-begotten Son, first-begotten of all creation, begotten before all ages from the Father, through Whom also all things came into being, Who because of our salvation became flesh, and dwelt among men, and suffered, and rose again on the third day, and ascended to the Father, and will come again in glory to judge the living and dead. We believe also in one Holy Spirit.

(Socrates, History of the Church 1.8.3; author's translation)

2 The creed adopted by the Council of Nicaea:

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of all things both visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, begotten from the Father, only-begotten, that is, from the substance of the Father, God from God, light from light, true God from true God, begotten not made, of the same substance with the Father, through Whom all things came into being, both those in heaven and those on earth, Who because of us men and because of our salvation came down and became flesh, became man, suffered, and rose again on the third day, ascended to the heavens, coming to judge the living and the dead. And in the Holy Spirit. But as for those who say, that there was when He was not, and that before He was born He was not, and that He came into existence out of nothing, or who say that He is of a different hypostasis or substance, or that the Son of God is subject to alteration or change, these the catholic and apostolic Church anathematizes.

(Socrates, History of the Church 1.8.4; author's translation)

3 The Nicaeno-Constantinopolitan Creed, commonly called the "Nicene Creed":

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The Emperor Constantine
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • List of Illustrations vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Chronology xi
  • 1 - Introduction 1
  • 2 - The Soldier Emperors and Diocletian 4
  • 3 - Constantine's Rise to Power 13
  • 4 - Constantine's Conversion 22
  • 5 - Constantine as the Sole Ruler of the West 31
  • 6 - The Conflict with Licinius 40
  • 7 - The Arian Controversy, the Council of Nicaea and Its Aftermath 48
  • 8 - The Crisis in the Imperial Family 56
  • 9 - The New Rome 63
  • 10 - Constantine's Government 73
  • 11 - Constantine's Final Years, Death and Burial 80
  • 12 - Constantine's Image in Roman Art 85
  • 13 - An Assessment 90
  • Appendix I 95
  • Appendix II 98
  • Appendix III 102
  • Appendix IV 109
  • Select Bibliography 111
  • Index 117
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