Constatine's Vision at the Milvian Bridge
“A remarkable sign appeared in the heavens above the sun, the trophy of a cross of light with the message, ‘by this conquer.’” - Eusebius
According to both Eusebius and Lactantius, two of the Emperor’s principal biographers, the day before the battle Constantine was stricken by a vision. The exact nature of the vision varied but modern concensus is that a remarkable sign appeared in the heavens above the sun, the sign of a cross of light with the message, ‘by this conquer".
This book is a biography of Emperor Constantine I, who ruled the Roman Empire 306 CE to 337 CE. Known as Constantine the Great it is likely that experencing such a divine manifestation would have prompted an on-the-spot conversion, and he certainly claimed that was the case in later propaganda, However, there is significant evidence that the original manifestation was actually viewed as a pagan divine revelation. In that version, the revelation was interpreted as being the halo of Sol Invictus, the Sun God with whom Constantine claimed a long-standing association and whose iconography was depicted in coins issued by Constantine years after the Battle of Milvian Bridge. This book seperates legend from documented facts in order to provide an balanced acount of this important historical figure.
In his time, Constantine affected nearly every conceivable cultural aspect of the Roman Empire, most notably in its religion but also its size and even its attire and appearance. Constantine revived the clean shaven look, which Augustus himself had favored 300 years earlier. Given his conversion of the empire and relocation to Constantinople, Constantine directly shaped the histories of Europe, the Byzantine Empire, the Roman Empire, and the growth of the Catholic Church. While he was being venerated as a saint by the Eastern Orthodox Christians in the Byzantine Empire, Charlemagne was claiming his mantle in Western Europe about 400 years later, making sure that his own court was adorned with monuments to Constantine. Constantine’s popularity even extended to Britain, where 12th century Britons were trying to claim him as a native son by claiming Helena actually originated from Colchester. To this day, Constantine’s name has remained popular and in use. This book is a balanced telling of the story Emperor Constantine's life one of histories most remarkable and memorable men.
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This book provides a fact filled, elegantly straight forward account that is enjoyable to read and easily understood. It was obviously well researched and carefully crafted to sort out legend and conjecture from documented facts. It is written in a remarkably clear and understandable manner. The narrative is engaging and enjoyable. In total this book presents a full picture of Constantine, by comparing and contrasting the ecclesiastical and secular histories. Accordinglly, a balanced portrait of Constantine emerges, that challenges the notion of him as an enlightened, spiritually driven ruler and replaces it with a portrait of a deeply pragmatic individual chiefly concerned with ensuring the continuation of the Empire. Readers who enjoy history, or those who are interested in knowing more about the advent of Christianity in the Roman Empire and early Christian Church history will enjoy this book.