- May 2011
- Rural Australia
Thanks. I have not read Barnes' recent books.Barnes definitely favours the idea that Constantine was an intolerant and fanatical ruler in the east. One does get that impression from reading Eusebius' Life of Constantine and, I recall, several of Palladas' epigrams, who did not like Constantine.
That's probably far more likely. My thought that this certain person could have been Arius of Alexandria was based on Kevin Wilkinson placement of Palladas during the later rule of Constantine. Any controversy over Licinius would have been very short lived. Didn't Constantine have him strangled c.324 CE (after his gold reserves were located)? OTOH Constantine seems to have railed against Arius (and his merry band of "Porphyrians" [Arians]) until his death, for more than a decade starting c.325 CE.I suppose the 'certain person' could be Licinius.