Constantine was the first emperor to adopt Christianity at both state and personal levels. In February 313 C.E., he signed the Edict of Milan, a proclamation of religious tolerance that ended the persecution of Christians. The edict brought over 300 years of oppression to an end, during which Christians were forced to worship in secret or risk arrest and public martyrdom. Constantine’s declaration ushered in an era when Christians could fully participate in Roman civic life.
Antoninianus of Constantine Copper 305 – 306 C.E. 2015.16.0221 Gift of Ron D’Argenio