oa Fundamina : A Journal of Legal History - Corruption and fraud in the empire of Constantine the great between AD 327 and AD 337

Volume 17, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1021-545X
  • E-ISSN: 2411-7870



While Constantine may truly be called great for his achievements as a strategist and military commander, as the founder of Constantinople and the first proclaimed Christian Roman emperor, he was certainly not without flaws. This study investigates the flaws rather than the successes of the great man's career and character. These flaws are identified as his obsession with, and failure to emulate, his predecessor Augustus; his preoccupation with form and gross neglect or even ignorance of substance in his relationships with others and during his reign as Roman Emperor; and his perverse obsession with sexual morality and the ineffective legislation inspired by this obsession. These flaws are investigated against the background of the public and private fraud and corruption that characterised his reign as Roman Emperor from AD 327 to AD 337, public corruption in the form of his monetary and tax reforms and private corruption in the form of the killing of both his eldest son Crispus and his second wife Fausta.

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