Best Suits Their Needs

The purpose of this essay is to compare the ancient ruler of Constantine the Great and the leadership of Ashoka Maurya. The both are alike in ways such as before they were converted they were both seeking religious insights. They were both prepared for their conversions. They both had two stages of conversions. During the execution of war, they would both find themselves drawn to their new religions. They both had a sense of great guilt associated with them. They both saw empires flourished during their reign. They both had a way to balance their new faith with the administration of their Kingdoms. Both took paths in their lives that are quite unusual to this day. It was not a common thing for rulers to convert from one faith to another. This would arise great conflict in Egypt that they both tried to get around. Constantine wanted his people to be baptized like he was. This was one of his dying wishes. Ashoka was to become praised as one of the great heroes of Indian history.

Ashoka was also turned the same way as Constantine into Buddhism and because of this he made the religion flourish in the empire. Therefore because of his power as the emperor he made sure to give the necessary requirements and support to Buddhism for it to progress. Furthermore, both rulers went on a similar path when they formed councils to support the two religions further in their respective empires. Constantine created the Council of Nicea in 325 whereas Ashoka established a similar council in his emperor to promote their religions in the empires.

Another significant aspect that shaped the rule of the two leaders was a war that emerged in the empires. Conversely, Ashoka rose to power through his tyranny rulemaking him be crowned emperor.Nonetheless, both leaders displayed some similar traits in their rule as they were both cruel rulers as they did not show any signs of mercy, pain or sorrow in their reign.For instance, Constantine shows his brutal leadership that is based on violence when he executed his wife Fausta, and Son Crispus. On the other hand, Ashoka had no remorse when he was killing many of his family members as he rose to be the emperor. However, despite their cruel leadership, both leaders were intelligent regarding the judgment of the economy of their kingdoms and both of their personalities was spectacular making their kingdoms flourish and prosper although it lasted until their demise. Through their intelligence and personality, Constantine was able to reunify Rome that was previously rambling whereas Ashoka was able to bring India together even though it was conquered after he died.Another factor that influenced the rule of the two leaders were the women that were in their kingdoms. For instance, Ashoka was manipulated by an empress who originated from Vidisa, who introduced him to Buddhism that led to his conversion (Allen C. , 2013). Conversely Constantine was closely monitored by his mother through his reign in the Roman Empire.

They both had some similarities and differences between themselves. One was into Christianity while the other was into Buddhism. The times which date back in the three hundred were very ancient times. Trying to become an established human race without all the resources that we have today must have been hectic. You must close your eyes and picture yourself in the shoes of each of these men and the times that they had to face to lead their people. Unlike today with politics, getting the people to believe in something to make them follow in a certain way would have been totally different. It reminds me of the Presidential races with the Democratic and Republican Party. Both are very similar but have distinct differences. When trying to vote in the next President or any official, you must choose rather you want to vote them in, everything is split up between Democrats and Republicans. The way how they perceive or pass a law is what makes the two different. Democrats might believe in a school policy one way wanting to lead the people while Republicans may have a different approach. Most of the people votes win. Just like Constantine and Ashoka. They both had to become something referring to religion to have gotten the people to follow them. At the end of the day, people have their own belief systems and will follow what best suits their needs. Constantine and Ashoka converted to new faiths and their subjects took notice. Again, in politics, we as a people take notice of our leader’s decision rather they be Democrats or Republicans. If our president announced that he served a statue, of course, we as a people would eventually follow him if he had some great explanation behind the religion

To conclude when both empires fell after the death of Constantine and Ashoka provides a valuable lesson that should be emulated by the contemporary leaders.Leadership should be a transferable process to ensure the society continues to progress.



Allen, C. (2013). Ashoka : the search for India's lost emperor. London : Abacus.

Potter D, S. (2015). Constantine the Emperor. Oxford: Oxford University Press.