Flavius Valerius Aurelius Constantinus Agustus
Flavius Valerius Aurelius. However, most people do know the name of Constantine the Great. Flavius Aurelius was the 57th Emperor of Rome. He ruled Rome for more than 30 years, July 306 AD - May 337 AD. He was born in the month of February and died in May approximately 65 years old. He is most known for his Edict of Milan which he issued in 313 AD which in essence stopped the persecution of Christianity and made provision for religious tolerance of Christians throughout the Roman Empire. Constantine had returned to Rome from the eastern front of the empire in the spring of 303 AD which enabled him to witness first hand the horrible persecutions by Diocletian.
Milvian Bridge in Oct of 312 AD to fight against Maxentius, Constantine had a vision. In the sky he saw the Greek Letters X (chi), R (rho) and a cross. These letters happen to be the first letters in the Greek word for Messiah, or Xristos-Christ. From this, and I think too much pizza the night before, Constantine developed his famous battle cry: in hoc signo or, in this sign conqueor. Constantine went into battle confidently and did defeat Maxentius. From this victory Constantine gained great power and prestige in the Roman government. This victory led to the Milan Edict, and an eventual showdown with Emperor Licinius, which eventually led to Constantine becoming emperor.
This post is not to debate whether Constantine was a Christian or not or whether the Edict of Milan and Constantine's policies of forcing people to become Christians on the pain of death. We leave those great topics for another day. It certainly is too late to do anything about the soul and destiny of Constantine, unless your Rob Bell. So, you ask me why mention him at all then? Well, I am glad you asked!
My youngest sister LeeAnn of Augusta, Kansas, has been doing a monumental and herculean job of tracing our family tree and lineage. She has traced our arrival to the United States around the mid 1600's in and around Maryland. She has traced our ancestors back to England in the Yorkshire district. She has traced our lineage back to Constantine the Great. She has determined that I am the 55th grandson of Flavius Valerius Aurelius Constantinus Augustus. Can you believe it? She has a team in three states working with her on this and has documentation. What does this mean?
I further decree that all citizens of the world now must include me in their will and leave me 1/5th of their estate. No, you don't have to call me Emperor.
Hold on a minute! Wow, they are right aren't they? I have been the 55th grandson of Constantine the Great for a couple of days now and look how this power has corrupted me! They are right, power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Maybe I don't want to be Emperor. Oh, what the heck maybe for a day, or year or so.
I don't know if LeeAnn's documentation is right or not. It certainly doesn't matter to me whether we can be traced to Constantine the Great or Jack the Ripper, because one day every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Emperor, or Lord. I am just going to have some fun with this now and then. OK? Please? Pretty Please?
Edict of Longview at the Lewis and Clark Bridge (Where no battle, famous or not famous, was fought)
Gregoryius Deanius Metcalfius
55th Grandson to Emperor Flavius Valerius Aurelius Constantinus Agustus