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Unformatted text preview: 6. To meet the defense needs of the empire. Problems with Succession 1. In 305 Diocletian retired Constantinople 1. Constantine moved the capital of the empire to a new city called Constantinople (Istanbul) at the site of the ancient Greek city Byzantium. 2. Its strategic location was excellent but it prepared the way for the empire’s split into eastern and western halves. 3. The city was surrounded on three sides by water and was easily defended. 4. It also enabled the emperor to stay in close touch with the endangered eastern and northern frontiers. Constantine 1. In 313CE, Constantine issued the Edict of Milan which proclaimed religious tolerance throughout the empire. 2. He was the first Christian Roman Emperor and under him Christianity rises to prominence....
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