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A Tribute for Emperor Constantine...

The man responsible for the greatest turning point of Early Christianity. In the year 312 AD, after winning a battle against another Emperor(at that time there were several emperors of Rome), he gradually led to the rise of Christianity. For years before that, Christians faced martyrdom, persecution and executions. Following Constantine's rule, Christianity rose to become the Roman Empire's official religion.

 

Once you're walking the upper halls of the Colosseum, near the west side, you can have a good view of one of the largest arcs that the Romans built.

 

The inscriptions read:

 

IMP · CAES · FL · CONSTANTINO · MAXIMO · P · F · AVGUSTO · S · P · Q · R · QVOD · INSTINCTV · DIVINITATIS · MENTIS · MAGNITVDINE · CVM · EXERCITV · SVO · TAM · DE · TYRANNO · QVAM · DE · OMNI · EIVS · FACTIONE · VNO · TEMPORE · IVSTIS · REM-PVBLICAM · VLTVS · EST · ARMIS · ARCVM · TRIVMPHIS · INSIGNEM · DICAVIT

 

In English:

 

To the Emperor Caesar Flavius Constantinus, the greatest, pious, and blessed Augustus: because he, inspired by the divine, and by the greatness of his mind, has delivered the state from the tyrant and all of his followers at the same time, with his army and just force of arms, the Senate and People of Rome have dedicated this arch, decorated with triumphs.

 

This arch had been here for around 1,700 years. And would later be a model for the creation of another great arc - in France - Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel - yes, that arc in front of the Louvre. Shot taken from the Colosseum's second level.

 

Arch of Constantine

Rome, Italy

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Taken on March 31, 2009