A SMALL EXAMPLE:
Constantine the Great was born merely Constantine the Baby in what is now Serbia. His father was a cabbage farmer and his mother was a saint (although none were aware of this yet).
Constantine started off, like so many Roman citizens: whoring, drinking, taking the drugs and beating his slaves. And, like so many noble Romans before him, he had a shot at trying to be Emperor. There was quite a lot of competition back then in the massive Augustus Idol free for all and Constantine only entered because he thought it would impress a woman he fancied. ...