The Department of Pastoral and Social Theology, in cooperation with the Center for Byzantine Studies of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, will be hosting a conference entitled “Constantine the Great and his Age” on 4-6 December 2013, in the Society for Macedonian Studies.

The conference will contribute to the extraordinarily festive celebration of the 1700th anniversary of the issuing of the Edict of Milan in 313 A.D. A multitude of seminars, conferences, and other events are scheduled on Europe’s cultural calendar for 2013 in relation to this important milestone that inaugurated a new age of Christianity, but also of Western culture in general.

The exhibit “Constantino 313 AD” at the Colosseum in Rome, presenting over 200 artifacts that serve to bring the wider public into contact with the atmosphere of the age in which religious tolerance was for the first time proclaimed on the European continent from ‘official lips’, constitutes just one characteristic example out of many that bear witness to the magnitude of the anniversary.

Well-known professors and researchers from Greece and abroad have been invited to participate in the proceedings of the conference in order to shed light on various aspects of the personality of the first Roman, Christian emperor and his avant-garde policies that shaped the development of the Roman empire for Byzantium, on the one hand, and for the medieval West on the other.