The Long Shadow of Constantine

@article{Cooper2014TheLS,
  title={The Long Shadow of Constantine},
  author={Kate Cooper},
  journal={Journal of Roman Studies},
  year={2014},
  volume={104},
  pages={226 - 238}
}
  • K. Cooper
  • Published 4 September 2014
  • History
  • Journal of Roman Studies
The fifth-century Christian writer Sozomen of Constantinople preserves a story told by certain pagans about the philosopher Sopater of Apamea, whom the emperor Constantine put to death in a.d. 333 on the advice of the Christian Flavius Ablabius, then Praetorian Prefect of the East. Constantine had consulted the philosopher — so the story goes — in an attempt to redress his guilt at having ordered the murder of some of his nearest relations, among them his son Crispus. But Sopater replied that… 
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