CONSTANTINE THE GREAT
Flavius Valerius Constantinus, better known as Constantine the Great, was the first Roman Emperor to adopt Christianity. He was born at Naissus (modern nis, Yugoslavia) about AD 280, the son of Constantius I, who became a Caesar in the Tetrarchy established by Diocletian. The nature of Constantine’s conversion to Christianity has long been a matter of dispute. Few emperors of Rome are as fondly remembered as Constantine the Great.
His political unification of the Empire, foundation of the city of Constantinople, and his deathbed conversion to Christianity all changed the path of world history, and rightfully earned him the Epithet ‘The Great.’ upon his death in 337 AD. The empire was passed down to his three sons and two nephews, although the latter two were swiftly eliminated by their cousins. This small bronze coin was struck by Constantine’s youngest son, Constantius II, in memory of his father.