Reading Comprehension Quiz

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Constantine the Great (272 337) was Roman Emperor from 306 to his death. Best known for being the first Christian Roman Emperor, Constantine reversed the persecutions of his predecessor, Diocletian, and issued the Edict of Milan in 313, which proclaimed religious toleration throughout the empire.

Although he is not included in the Latin Church's list of saints, which does recognize several other Constantines as saints, he is revered under the title "The Great" for his contributions to Christianity.

Constantine transformed the ancient Greek colony of Byzantium into a new imperial residence, Constantinople, which would remain the capital of the Byzantine Empire for more than a thousand years.

The defeat in 324 of Constantine's co-emperor Licinius represented the passing of old Rome and the beginning of the place of the Eastern Roman Empire as a center of learning, prosperity, and cultural preservation. Constantine rebuilt the city of Byzantium, which was renamed Constantinople. He provided the "Second Rome" with a Senate and civic offices similar to those of Rome. The figures of old gods were either replaced or assimilated into a framework of Christian symbolism. Constantine built the new Church of the Holy Apostles on the site of a temple to Aphrodite. The capital would often be compared to the 'old' Rome as Nova Roma Constantinopolitana, the "New Rome of Constantinople."

1. Constantine rebuilt
A. the Byzantine Empire.
B. the Senate offices.
C. Rome.
D. Byzantium.
2. Aphrodite was
A. the goddess of love and beauty.
B. the goddess of wisdom.
C. the ruler of Byzantium.
D. the wife of Constantine.
3. The Edict of Milan
A. was responsible for persecution of Christians.
B. proclaimed religious toleration.
C. followed Constantine's death.
D. was written by Diocletian.
4. The Late Latin word origin of predecessor meant
A. before dying.
B. before election.
C. before retiring official.
D. ancient office holder.

The information comes from Wikipedia.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

Answer Key: 1-D..........2-A..........3-B..........4-C
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