CONSTANTI'NUS I., FLA'VIUS VALERIUS AURE'LIUS or Constantinus Magnus or Constantine the Great or Constantine Magnus
surnamed MAGNUS or the Great, Roman emperor, A. D. 306-337, the eldest son of the emperor Constantius Chlorus by his first wife Helena. His descent and the principal members of his family are represented in the following genealogical table:--
Constantine was born in the month or February, A. D. 272.
There are many different opinions respecting his birth-place; but it is most probable, and it is now generally believed, that he was born at Naissus, now Nissa, a well-known town in Dardania or the upper and southern part of Moesia Superior. * Stephanus Byzantinus (s. v. *Nai+sso/s calls this town *Kti/sma kai\ patri\r *Kwnstanti/nou tou= basile/ws, meaning by *Kti/sma that that town was enlarged and embellished by Constantine, which was the case.
The opinion that Constantine was born in Britain is ably refuted in Schöpflin's dissertation, "Constantinus Magnus non f