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The conversion of Constantine to Christianity

Posted in Historical articles, History, Religion, War on Thursday, 28 April 2011

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On 28th October 312 a great battle took place between the Emperor Constantine and his implacable foe the Emperor Maxentius.

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Constantine has a Divine vision, by Roger Payne

The Battle of Milvian Bridge was fought over one of the great crossings on the river Tiber. Taking this important route was a great strategic prize and saw the beginning of the end of the Tetrarchy, and gave tremendous impetus to Constantine’s rise to sole imperial power. According to such revered chroniclers as Eusebius of Caesarea and Lactantius, it was during this battle that Constantine had some sort of Divine vision, in which God commanded him to daub his soldiers’ shields with the sign of the cross, and thereby lead them to victory. It was this visionary moment which saw his conversion to Christianity. For his part, Maxentius was drowned in the bloody waters of the Tiber.

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