"Constantine the Great: York's Roman Emperor" celebrates the 1700th anniversary of the proclamation of Constantine as Emperor in York on 25th July, 306. In a series of multi-disciplinary essays, and a fully illustrated, scholarly catalogue of objects, the book is a major contribution to the study of the material and visual evidence for Constantine's reign. The geographic range of the book is the Roman Empire, with the focus mainly on the Western Empire. Key themes include the transition from the Classical to the Medieval world, and from paganism to Christianity. The book brings together for the first time a fascinating range of objects to support its arguments, most notably: the monumental marble head of Constantine from York; the mosaic roundel with Christ's head from Hinton St Mary, Dorset; the earliest Christian silver hoard in the Roman Empire from Water Newton, Cambridgeshire; the Late Roman silver hoard from Traprain Law, Scotland; the building inscription of Constantius from Hadrian's Wall, Northumberland; medallions, coins and jewellery from Arras, France; early Christian tombstones from Trier, Germany; a papyrus fragment with text of the Constantine letter to the people of Palestine of 324, from The British Library; and the silver-gilt personification of Constantinople from the Esquiline Treasure.
Hardback with dust-jacket
The dust-jacket is in good condition with very minor wear to edges; there is a small 2 cm tear on the left hand lower spine. It has not been clipped.
Cream coloured boards are also in very good condition
Pages are fresh and tight with many coloured and b/w illustrations . There is a small owners library sticker to the internal frontispiece that does not detract from the quality book being offered here.