This is the "Introduction" page of the "Early Christianity; the Ante-Nicene Era (100-325 AD)" guide.
Alternate Page for Screenreader Users
Skip to Page Navigation
Skip to Page Content
NSCC LIBR 2003 Library Services
A reference guide for the Ante-Nicene period of Christianity.
Last Updated: Apr 24, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

Introduction Print Page

Roman Emperor Constantine (emperor from A.D. 306-337)


Ante-Nicene (a.k.a. Pre-Nicene, Early) Christian Period

Introduction to Ante-Nicene Period (literally, before or pre Nicaea) of Christianity

The period of time from A.D. 100 (about the time of the Apostle John′s death) to A.D. 325 is referred to as the Pre-Nicene or Ante-Nicene Period of Christianity. This timeframe falls between what are often called the Apostolic and the Nicene, Post-Nicene Periods. The Council of Nicea in A.D. 325 is viewed as the dividing line.


The Roman Emperor Constantine and co-Emperor Licinius created favorable conditions for Christianity through the Edict of Milan (A.D. 313), which proclaimed tolerance of all religions throughout the empire. During the time of Emperor Constantine (emperor from A.D. 306-337), the number of ″Christians″ increased exponentially. The impact on Christianity, both pro and con, was dramatic during this period. 


The purpose of this guide to is to introduce both primary and secondary sources for this period.


Subject Guide

Profile Image
Eric Ziecker
Contact Info
Send Email
Contact: Joanne Hodder

Loading  Loading...