February 27, 272. : Constantine I, first Christian Emperor of Rome, was born.
Constantine was the first Roman Emperor to freely allow Christianity.
Constantine removed penalties for professing Christianity, under which many were martyred in previous persecutions of Christians, and he returned confiscated Church property. Christians were permitted to compete with pagan Romans in the traditional "cursus honorum" for high government positions and greater acceptance into general civil society. New churches were allowed to be constructed.
That was the beginning of the end. By 400CE the Christians had control of the government and used their power to ban all pagan religions. Anyone who spoke in favour of pagan religions could be banned from high office, have his/her property confiscated, get sent to prison, or even executed. Not surprisingly, the pagan religions slowly disappeared and Christianity came out on top.
If it wasn't for Constantine, I would have probably been baptised with bull's blood in a cave dedicated to Mithra
Edited by Joe Bloe, 26 February 2019 - 09:33 PM.