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Constantine and the Christian Empire (Roman Imperial Biographies) Hardcover – September 24, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0415174855 ISBN-10: 0415174856

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Product Details

  • Series: Roman Imperial Biographies
  • Hardcover: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (September 24, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415174856
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415174855
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,375,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


'A splendid, solid Constantine ... whose many illustrations invite the reader to enter and be carried along with the story.' - Yale University, USA

'A splendid volume, an opus praeclare as well as a magnum opus ... the scholarship is impeccable ... The layout, the quality of the photographs and the graphics are all excellent.' - State University of New York, USA

'[This] book will undoubtedly remain the standard account of the reign for many years to come.' - University College Cork, Ireland 

'Charles Matson Odahl offers a wide-ranging assessment ... [his] perspective in panoramic ... clearly and often engagingly written [the book] offers a splendid account of Constantine and his legacy.' - The Record

About the Author

Charles Matson Odahl is Professor of Ancient and Medieval History, and Classical and Patristic Latin at Boise State University. His main research interests are Cicero and the late Republic, early Christianity, and Constantine and Late Antiquity. Previous publications include fifteen articles on Constantine and a textbook on Early Christian Latin Literature (1993). He has travelled extensively in Europe and the Mediterranean basin examining extant texts, coins, monuments and historical sites of the Constantinian era.

More About the Author

Dr. Charles Matson Odahl received BA and MA degrees in Ancient History and Classical Languages from California State University, Fresno, and a Doctoral degree in Greek, Roman and Medieval Church History from the University of California, San Diego, and served as Professor of Ancient and Medieval History, and Classical and Patristic Latin at Boise State University in Idaho from 1975-2010. His main research interests are Cicero and the late Roman Republic, early Christianity, and Constantine and the Byzantine Empire. He has traveled, lived, studied, and taught throughout Europe and around the Mediterranean Basin, and examined the extant texts, coins, monuments and historical sites of the Roman, early Christian and Byzantine eras. His publications include over 40 articles and reviews in scholarly journals, and books on The Catilinarian Conspiracy (New Haven: College and University Press, 1971 Hb & Pb), Cicero and the Catilinarian Conspiracy (New York & London: Routledge, 2010 Hb, 2011 Pb), Early Christian Latin Literature (Chicago: Ares, 1993 Pb), and Constantine and the Christian Empire, 1st Edition (London & New York: Routledge, 2004 Hb, 2006 Pb), and Constantine and the Christian Empire, 2nd Edition (London & New York: Routledge, 2010 Hb, & 2013 Pb)--the latter also available in Kindle Editions.
Dr. Odahl has given hundreds of presentations across the country to professional associations, such as the American Historical Association, the Catholic Historical Association, the American Society of Church History, the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association, and the Classical Association of the Pacific Northwest; and to regional and local groups, such as the Idaho Historical Museum, the Lutheran Pastors Association of the Northwest, and the Medieval Society of Southern Idaho; and he has appeared on British and American television in historical presentations, and been the subject of dozens of newspaper and magazine articles relevant to his specialties of Roman, early Christian and Byzantine history, culture and art. Dr. Odahl now resides on the Oregon coast, and writes part time in his ocean front condo in Newport, lectures part time across the country on his books and research interests, and beach combs and surfs as much as possible along the Pacific. He can be reached at codahl@boisestate.edu.

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