The Medieval and Ancient Research Centre, the Sheffield Classical Association and The Migration of Faith: Clerical Exile in Late Antiquity Project would like to invite you to a free film screening of "Constantine and the Cross" (1961) at the Diamond Lecture Theatre 2 on 28 March at 6pm - the third instalment in a series of films aiming to bring the Roman and early Christian world alive.
'Constantine and the Cross' narrates a moment of world history: the conversion of a Roman emperor to Christianity. Immerse yourself in the story of a man who has been described as an "erratic block diverting the stream of human history". Follow the young and energetic Constantine as he matures by the side of his father in Britain, progressing in a traditional Roman military career. Little does he know however, that his hunger for power, glory and conquest will lead him to discover and embrace a faith which was destined to shape the history of Rome, and indeed the whole world. A saint? A tyrant? Why not come along, discover more about Constantine and discuss the implications of one of the most influential conversions in the history of humanity.
The film will be followed by a Q&A session with Prof Kate Cooper, Professor of Ancient History and director of the research project 'Constantine's Dream' (University of Manchester).
You can collect your free ticket here:
The film is a part of a wider project and there will be one more film screenings this academic year:
25 April 2017 - Agora (2009), with Dr Richard Flower from the University of Exeter (at the Film Unit