In his portrayal of Constantine as the ideal Christian monarch, Eusebius of Caesarea characterises the emperor’s policy as being not only inspired by his personal faith, but unsullied by political compromise. Though Eusebius emphasises the marginalisation of ‘paganism’, he does not neglect Constantine’s attitude towards the Jews. Modern scholars generally recognise that, as a fervent Christian, Constantine despised the Jews on theological grounds. However, there is disagreement as to what extent his personal sentiments manifested in his imperial policy. This presentation discusses some evidence from the De vita Constantini and Codex Theodosianus concerning Constantine’s treatment of the Jews.
28 Nov 2018
2nd Annual Late Roman and Early Byzantine Politics Day