How did the conversion of Constantine to Christianity affect the Roman Empire?

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I can see why the other editor said what he did, but there are a few facts that are important.

1. Constantine did receive baptism at the end of his life. This shows that he was  genuine.

2. He chose to be buried in the church of the holy apostle and the created 12 other place where he wanted to put in their relics. What does this say? 13th apostle.

3. If Constantine was a pragmatist, he should not have backed Christianity. It was still small. To follow Diocletian would have been easier. Da Vinci Code is not good history.

4. From a social point of view, the conversion of an emperor makes a huge difference.

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Constantine's conversion to Christianity was at best nominal and at no time did he see himself as an "apostle of Christ." Christianity was growing within the Empire, inspite of the persecutions of Diocletian and Marcus Aurelius; and Constantine's conversion was more an acknowledgement of an existing situation than a "monumental step."

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