The 330s decade ran from January 1, 330, to December 31, 339.
- May 11 – Emperor Constantine the Great dedicates the Column of Constantine and Constantinople, or Nova Roma (modern-day Istanbul). He had spent 4 years expanding the city of Byzantium, having chosen the site for its strategic location on the Bosporus. The city is later the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire.
- The Goths devastate the city of Tanais, in the Don River Delta.
- Ezana, king of Axum, extends his area of control to the west. He defeats the Nobates, and destroys the kingdom of Meroë.
- Frumentius is the first bishop of Ethiopia (approximate date).
- Eustathius, Patriarch of Antioch, is banished to Trajanopolis.
- The Bible is translated into the Gothic language by Wulfila.
- Pagan temples begin to be progressively abandoned, destroyed or left to fall into disrepair, save those that are transformed into churches.
- Emperor Constantine the Great vigorously promotes Christianity, confiscating the property and valuables of a number of pagan temples throughout the Roman Empire.
- Constantine I dedicates the Church of the Holy Apostles in Constantinople.
- Constantine I promulgates a law against divorce.
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- Eusebius of Caesarea writes the Onomasticon.
- Fifty Bibles of Constantine commissioned for use in Constantinople.
- Gregory the Illuminator withdraws to a small sanctuary in the Daranali province (Armenia).
- Emperor Constantine I and his son Constantine II, aged 16, defeat the Goths in Moesia. The Goths become Roman allies and protect the Danube frontier.
- Constantine I continues construction of a bridge (in imitation of Trajan and his architect Apollodorus of Damascus) across the Danube, for forward-staging grounds for planned campaigns against local tribes.
- May 18 – Constantine I announces a free distribution of food to the citizens in Constantinople, similar to the food given out in the city of Rome. The amount is approximately 80,000 rations a day, doled out from 117 distribution points around the city.
- Flavius Dalmatius and Domitius Zenofilus are appointed consuls.
- Emperor Constantine the Great pulls Roman troops out of Britain, and abandons work on Hadrian's Wall.
- Calocaerus revolts against Constantine I and proclaims himself emperor. Flavius Dalmatius, responsible for the security of the eastern frontier, is sent to Cyprus to suppress the rebellion.
- December 25 – Constantine I elevates his youngest son Constans to the rank of Caesar at Constantinople.
- Shi Hong succeeds his father Shi Le as Emperor of the Later Zhao Empire, in the Period of the Sixteen Kingdoms, but Shi Hong's third cousin Shi Hu holds the real power. Empress Dowager Liu (widow of Shi Le) fails to get rid of Shi Hu, and Shi Hu has her deposed and killed.
- Flavius Dalmatius puts down a revolt in Cyprus, led by Calocaerus. Calocaerus is brought to Tarsus (Cilicia), and executed.
- The Goths protect the Danube frontier against an invasion by the Vandals.
- Emperor Constantine the Great reauthorises gladiatorial combat.
- Julius Firmicus Maternus makes the first recorded observation of solar prominences, during an annular eclipse (July 17).
- September 14 – Emperor Constantine I consecrates the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.
- September 19 – Flavius Dalmatius is raised to the rank of Caesar, with control of Thracia and Macedonia.
- Hannibalianus, nephew of Constantine I, is made Rex Regum ("King of Kings of the Pontic people").
- November 7 – Athanasius is banished to Trier, on the charge that he prevented the corn fleet from sailing to Constantinople.
- Samudragupta succeeds Chandragupta I as king of the Gupta Empire.
- Tuoba Hena ousts Tuoba Yihuai as chieftain of the Tuoba Clan.
- Emperor Shi Hu moves the capital of the Later Zhao state to Yecheng.
- First Synod of Tyre: Constantine I convenes a gathering of bishops at Tyre to depose and exile Patriarch Athanasius of Alexandria.
- Constantine I reinstates the Alexandrian priest Arius (declared a heretic at the First Council of Nicaea in 325) in a synod at Jerusalem about a year before Arius' death.
- September 13 – The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem is consecrated.
- December 31 – Pope Sylvester I dies at Rome after a 21-year reign. He is succeeded by Mark as the 34th pope.
- The military successes of Emperor Constantine I result in most of Dacia being reconquered by the Roman Empire.
- The first recorded customs tariff is in use in Palmyra.
- January 18 – Pope Mark succeeds Pope Sylvester I as the 34th pope of the Catholic Church.
- Pope Mark begins to build the basilica of San Marco; the church is devoted to St. Mark.
- Arius, Alexandrian priest, collapses in the street at Constantinople (approximate date).
- Pope Mark dies at Rome, after an 11-month reign. No successor is immediately found.
- May 22 – Constantine the Great, first Christian Roman emperor of the Western Empire (312–324), and of the Roman Empire (324–337), dies in Achyron, near Nicomedia, at age 65, after he is baptized by Eusebius of Nicomedia.
- September – A number of descendants of Constantius Chlorus, and officials of the Roman Empire, are executed for a purge against the sons of Constantine I.
- September 9 – Constantine II, Constantius II, and Constans succeed their father Constantine I as co-emperors. The Roman Empire is divided between the three Augusti (see map).
- King Shapur II of Persia begins a war against the Roman Empire. He sends his troops across the Tigris to recover Armenia and Mesopotamia.
- Shapur II besieges the Roman fortress of Nisibis (Syria), but is repulsed by forces under Lucilianus.
- February 6 – A 4-month papal vacancy ends; Pope Julius I succeeds Pope Mark, as the 35th pope.
- June 17 – Constantius II announces the restoration of Athanasius, as Patriarch of Alexandria.
- Paul I becomes Patriarch of Constantinople.
- Christianity is declared an official religion in Caucasian Iberia, marking the rise of Christianity in Georgia.
- The Romans, allied with the Goths, arrive in the north of the Roman Empire to protect the Danube frontier.
- Emperor Constantius II intervenes against the Persians in Armenia.
- Shapur II, king of the Persian Empire, begins a widespread persecution of Christians. He orders forcible conversions to the state religion, Zoroastrianism, lest the Christians disrupt his realm while he is away fighting the Romans in Armenia and Mesopotamia.
- Eusebius of Nicomedia becomes Patriarch of Constantinople, after Paul I is banished.
- Non-Christians are persecuted by the Roman Empire as pagans.
- Emperor Constantius II hastens to his territory in the East, where a revived Persia under King Shapur II is attacking Mesopotamia. For the next 11 years, the two powers engage in a war of border skirmishing, with no real victor.
- Basil the Great, bishop of Caesarea Mazaca (d. 379)
- Macrina the Younger, Christian nun and saint (d. 379)
- Moses the Black, Christian monk and priest (d. 405)
- Victricius of Rouen, Christian missionary and bishop
- Yang Xi, Chinese scholar and calligrapher (d. 386)
- Jovian, Roman consul and emperor (d. 364)
- Julian the Apostate, Roman emperor (d. 363)
- Yao Chang, Chinese emperor of the Qiang state (d. 394)
- Yao Xiang (or Jingguo), Chinese warlord (d. 357)
- Huiyuan, Chinese Buddhist teacher and founder of Donglin Temple (d. 416)
- Sabbas the Goth, Christian reader and saint (d. 372)
- Virius Nicomachus Flavianus, Roman historian and politician (d. 394)
- Fu Sheng, Chinese emperor of the Di state Former Qin (d. 357)
- Gregory of Nyssa, Christian bishop and saint (approximate date)
- Magnus Maximus, Western Roman emperor (approximate date)
- Theon of Alexandria, director of the Library of Alexandria (approximate date)
- Chi Chao (or Jingyu), Chinese advisor and politician (d. 377)
- Murong De, Chinese emperor of the Xianbei state (d. 405)
- Richū, emperor of Japan (approximate date)
- Faxian, Chinese Buddhist monk, traveler (approximate date)
- Fú Jiān, emperor of the Chinese Di state Former Qin (d. 385)
- Lü Guang, founding emperor of the Di state Later Liang (d. 400)
- Zenobius of Florence, Italian bishop and wonderworker (d. 417)
- Achillius of Larissa (or Achilles), Greek bishop
- Arnobius, Numidian apologist and writer
- Guo Mo, Chinese general and warlord
- Helena (Augusta), mother of Constantine I
- Tiridates III (the Great), king of Armenia
- Vicinius of Sarsina, Christian bishop
- Zu Yue, Chinese general and warlord
- Gregory the Illuminator, official head of the Armenian Apostolic Church
- Micheon of Goguryeo, Korean ruler of Goguryeo
- Cheng Xia, Chinese official and politician
- Liu, Chinese empress of the Jie State (or Later Zhao)
- Murong Hui, Chinese chieftain and duke of Liaodong (b. 269)
- Shi Le, Chinese founder and emperor of the Jie State (b. 274)
- Xu Guang (or Jiwu), Chinese official, politician and adviser
- December 5 – Li Ban, Chinese emperor of Cheng Han (b. 288)
- Calocaerus, Roman usurper
- Li Xiong, Chinese emperor of Cheng Han (b. 274)
- Shi Hong, Chinese emperor of the Jie state (b. 313)
- Tao Kan (or Shixing), Chinese general and politician (b. 259)
- Wei Huacun (or Xianan), Chinese religious leader (b. 252)
- Yang Nandi, Chinese general and ruler of Chouchi
- December 31 – Sylvester I, pope of the Catholic Church (b. 285)
- Chandragupta I, Indian king of the Gupta Empire
- Cheng, Chinese empress dowager of the Later Zhao state
- Lady Xun (or Yuzhang), Chinese concubine of Yuan of Jin
- October 7 – Mark, pope of the Catholic Church
- Arius, Cyrenaic presbyter and priest (b. 256)
- Gan Bao (or Kan Pao), Chinese historian
- Murong Ren (or Qiannian), Chinese general
- January 13 – Leontius of Caesarea, Roman Catholic bishop and saint
- February 21 – Eustathius the Great, patriarch of Antioch (approximate date)
- May 22 – Constantine the Great, emperor of the Roman Empire, Orthodox priest and saint (b. 272)
- May 27 – Flavius Dalmatius, father of Dalmatius and Hannibalianus (executed)
- August 30 – Alexander of Constantinople, bishop of Byzantium (approximate date)
- September 11 – Julius Constantius, son of Constantius Chlorus (executed)
- September 24 – Hannibalianus, king of the Pontus and nephew of Constantine I (executed)
- September 27 – Dalmatius, Caesar and nephew of Constantine I (executed)
- Flavius Ablabius, Roman consul and politician
- Li Qi, Chinese emperor of Cheng Han (b. 314)
- Tuoba Yihuai, prince of the Tuoba Dai clan
- Abaye, Babylonian rabbi of the Jewish Talmud
- Chi Jian (or Daohui), Chinese general (b. 269)
- Duan Liao, Chinese chieftain of the Duan state (Xianbei)
- Eusebius of Caesarea, Greek bishop (approximate date)
- Khosrov III (the Small), Roman client king (approximate date)
- Wang Dao (or Maohong), Chinese politician (b. 276)
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