|Constantine I (ˈkɒnstənˌtaɪn, -ˌtiːn)|
|1.||known as Constantine the Great. Latin name Flavius Valerius Aurelius Constantinus. ?280--337 |
|2.||1868--1923, king of Greece (1913--17; 1920--22): deposed (1917), recalled by a plebiscite (1920), but forced to abdicate again (1922) after defeat by the Turks|
A Roman emperor of the fourth century. He founded Constantinople as capital of the eastern part of the Roman Empire. Early in his reign, Constantine issued a document allowing Christians to practice their religion within the empire. Before that, they had frequently been persecuted.