4th century

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  • Roman Empire is divided into four parts, ruled by the Tetrarchy
  • First Council of Nicea
  • Battle of the Milvian Bridge marks the beginning of the Byzantine Empire
  • Roman/Byzantine Emperor Constantine declares himself head of the Christian church, marking the beginning of the church-state relationship that sets the pace for the rest of the Middle Ages and well beyond
  • Armenia adopts Christianity as the national religion
  • Roman Britain is sucessfully overcome by a coalition of Picts, Saxons, Scotti, and others, with the help of rebelling Roman soldiers. Roman rule is restored to Britain a year later.
  • Traditional discovery of the True Cross by St. Helena

Significant people

  • Constantine, first Byzantine Emperor
  • Saint Augustine of Hippo, theologian
  • Saint Ambrose, bishop of Milan
  • Eusebius, ancient historian
  • Alaric, king of the Visigoths

Inventions, Discoveries, Introductions

Some Groups That Cover This Period

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