The exhibit "Costantino 313 A.D." at the Palazzo Reale in Milan, Italy through March 17, 2013 celebrates the Edict of Milan which brought religious freedom to the Roman Empire 1700 years ago. More than 200 objects are on loan from the archeological museums in Milan and Rome, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and the Kunsthisorisches Museum of Vienna. In association with exhibit, the City of Milan has organized tours to visit city landmarks of the Roman era related to Emperor Constantine's visit.
In February 313 A.D. Roman emperor Constantine met with the ruler of the Roman Empire of the east, Licinius, in Milan and they agreed to end the persecution of christians. The Edict of Milan, also called the Letter of Licinius, was posted June 13, 313 A.D. to Nicomedia, present-day Turkey and translated from Latin to Greek. Constantine not only converted to christianity in Milan but instructed Licinius, a pagan, to write the Edict which expressed toleration for many religions. The exhibit celebrates Milan's role in Constantine's conversion and the vast cultural changes that took place in the fourth century resulting from the Edict of Milan.
For guided tours contact Ad Artem, tel. +39.02.6597728 or write the Education Department at ED.ScuolePalazzoReale@comune.milano.it. Open daily 9:30 am to 7:30 p.m., shortened hours on Monday, 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 and extended hours on Tuesday and Thursday until 10:30 p.m. The exhibit moves to Rome after March 17, 2013.