The Emperor Constantine in Eusebius of Caesarea's History of Salvation

Rajiv Bhola (Speaker)

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For Eusebius of Caesarea, the emperor Constantine occupies a privileged place within the ‘history of salvation’ as it is during his reign that the kingdom of God is realised. In the Historia ecclesiastica Eusebius’ theology of salvation history is readily apparent, owing largely to the framework of the text, but it is observable also in his representation of Constantine in the De vita Constantini. This paper examines some of the ways that Eusebius attempts to align Constantine with the Christian past in Vita, so as to offer fresh insight into the bishop’s eschatology in the aftermath of the emperor’s death.
PeriodMay 2016
Event titleCanadian Society of Patristic Studies
Event typeConference
LocationCalgary, Canada, Alberta