14872Re: [ANE-2] Constantine and Ardashir (slightly OT)
- May 29 7:03 PMConstantine definite did NOT establish a monotheistic state. He simply declared Christianity legal. Theodosius at the end of the 4th century was the one who turned the Roman Empire into a Christian state officially. So on that particular front, the claim is false.
Dean of Research,
Moore Theological College (moore.edu.au)
From: Jgibson <jgibson000@...<mailto:jgibson000@...>>
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Date: Thursday, 30 May 2013 4:55 AM
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Subject: [ANE-2] Constantine and Ardashir (slightly OT)
I have just come across a claim on another website I read that
Constantine's inspiration "to bind together" the Roman Empire into a
centralised [sic] monotheistic state" via the promotion of Christianity
was what went on in the Sassanid Empire under Ardashir" via his
promotion of Zoroastrianism, with Eusebius taking the role in
Constantine's program that the priest Tanzar had under Ardashir.
Now it seems to me that the claimant is working from three questionable
assumptions: First, that Constantine was intent to (and did) establish
a centralized monotheistic state, and second, that Ardashir was not only
also intent to do the same thing, but was successful in doing so, and
that Constantine he knew what went on in Sassanid Persian regime under
Would anyone care to comment upon the validity of this claim and/or the
assumptions behind it?
Jeffrey B. Gibson D.Phil. Oxon.
1500 W. Pratt Blvd
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