Constantine, while strongly disposed at first to enforce the Nicene decrees, was gradually won to a more conciliatory policy by the influence especially of Eusebius of Caesarea and Eusebius of Nicomedia, the latter of whom returned from exile in 328 and won the ear of the emperor, whom he baptized on his death-bed.
Thelwall and others in Ante-Nicene Fathers, iii.
The triumph of the Athanasian Canon, indeed, went along with the triumph of Nicene Christianity.
Three belong to the Early Christian church - the Apostles' Creed, the Nicene Creed (in its Western form, i.e.
There is a convenient English translation of most of the writings of the ante-Nicene Fathers by Roberts and Donaldson (Ante-Nicene Christian Library, 25 vols., Edinburgh, 1868 ff., American reprint in nine vols., 1886 ff.).