Constantine

MMA_bust_02Who was Constantine?

To his mother, Helena, he was a fervent Christian—and a naive politician.

To his wife, Fausta, he was a powerful conqueror—and a suspicious tyrant.

To his sister, Constantia, he was a distant benefactor—and a breaker of oaths.

Each of these women is swept into a world of civil wars and power grabs between rival emperors, scheming families, and conniving politicians and bishops. But the struggles for supremacy and survival in Constantine’s court are not only fought by men.

 

Image: Metropolitan Museum of Art # 26.229, Photographer: Katie Chao. From Wikimedia.

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