Agreement gen. regarded as issued 313 AD by Constantine* I and Licinius* after meeting at Milan; recognized Christianity. After many persecutions failed their purpose, Constantine and Licinius resolved to grant both to the Christians and to all men freedom to follow the religion which they choose and that liberty is to be denied to no one, to choose and to follow the religious observances of the Christians. (Eusebius, HE, X, v, 45). Another form of the document is in Lactantius* Firmianus, De mortibus persecutorum, xlviii. Some hold that Constantine had already granted religious freedom and that, after the two emps. met at Milan, Licinius alone issued the edict (or rescript), which was thus intended only for the eastern parts of the empire where Licinius was in control.
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