By Raymond Van Dam
The reign of the emperor Constantine (306-337) was once as innovative for the transformation of Rome's Mediterranean empire as that of Augustus, the 1st emperor 3 centuries previous. The abandonment of Rome signaled the expanding value of frontier zones in northern and crucial Europe and the center East. the basis of Constantinople as a brand new imperial place of dwelling and the increase of Greek because the language of management previewed the institution of a separate japanese Roman empire.
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