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

King, Fergus J. (2013) 'In hoc signo': A literary and social analysis of constantine's dream. St Mark's Review, 225 (3). pp. 16-26. ISSN 0036-3103

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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.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Emperors, Religious aspects,Christianity, Constantine I, Emperor of Rome, Christianity, Philosophy
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: C - Church History
College/Association with University of Divinity: Trinity Theological College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2016 05:23
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2016 05:23
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2052

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