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'In hoc signo': A literary and social analysis of constantine's dream

St Mark's Review
Issue 225 (Aug 2013)

Abstract: Accordingly he [Constantine] called on him with earnest prayer and supplications that he would reveal to him who he was, and stretch forth his right hand to help him in his present difficulties. And while he was thus praying with fervent entreaty, a most marvelous sign appeared to him from heaven, the account of which it might have been hard to believe had it been related by any other person. But since the victorious emperor himself long afterwards declared it to the writer of this history, when he was honored with his acquaintance and society, and confirmed his statement by an oath, who could hesitate to accredit the relation, especially since the testimony of after-time has established its truth? He said that about noon, when the day was already beginning to decline, he saw with his own eyes the trophy of a cross of light in the heavens, above the sun, and bearing the inscription, conquer by this. At this sight he himself was struck with amazement, and his whole army also, which followed him on this expedition, and witnessed the miracle.

To cite this article: King, Fergus J. 'In hoc signo': A literary and social analysis of constantine's dream [online]. St Mark's Review, No. 225, Aug 2013: 16-26. Availability: <;dn=524520696933206;res=IELHSS> ISSN: 0036-3103. [cited 27 Nov 15].

Personal Author: King, Fergus J; Source: St Mark's Review, No. 225, Aug 2013: 16-26 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 0036-3103 Subject: Emperors--Religious aspects--Christianity; Constantine I, Emperor of Rome, -337; Christianity--Philosophy; Greeks--Historiography; Affiliation: (1) Conjoint Senior Lecturer, School of Humanities and Social Science, University of Newcastle, Australia

Database: Humanities & Social Sciences Collection