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Unformatted text preview: In the church he set up twelve coffins to represent the twelve apostles, and then added a coffin for himself in the middle. This is significant because it shows that even though Constantine was obviously the most highly regarded political figure in the land, he saw himself as equals of the apostles on a religious level as well, perhaps even more so being in the middle of them. Although his knowledge of the actual religion was questionable (it seemed that he sometimes took actions to preserve his political status rather than the religion, as in the council of Nicea), Constantine still tried to put himself on the same level as high religious figures. He was a self-proclaimed bishop, saying I also am a bishop, ordained by God to overlook whatever is external to the Church. (CP 79) Constantine, in a way, found loopholes to assert himself in the Christian religion, while still maintaining the highest power in the political world....
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- Winter '07