Posted by: Hugh Griffiths | May 22, 2006

Today in history

On 22 May 332 A.D. Constantine died. He was the first Christian emperor of Rome and was perhaps best known for calling the Council of Nicea which decided and condemned the Arian controversy about the nature of Jesus Christ.Certainly he was a controversial figure but his impact on early Christianity was immense.

chirho.jpgOne landmark moment was in 313 A.D when he granted complete freedom of worship to Christians and gave Christianity the same status as other religions. His changes to the law returned to the early church both property and rights that had previously been seized or confiscated.

He was also well-known for 'the monogram of Christ' (illustrated here) which overlaps the Greek letters chi (X) and rho (P) and abbreviation of 'Christos'. Often, as illustrated here, the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, alpha and omega, were also added.

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