The Roman Empire: Emperor Constantine
Constantine, the first emperor to convert to Christianity, issued the Edict of Milan in 313, which called for an end to the persecution of Christians. After this, Christianity grew and spread in the Roman Empire, becoming the official religion of the state. After Constantine’s death, the empire split; the western half was governed from Rome, and the eastern half was governed from Constantinople. This arrangement did not work very well, and the western half of the empire fell after Rome was sacked in 476.
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