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Constantine and Signs…

Peter Leithart observes in Defending Constantine: If David Petraeus had recommended a surge in Iraq had recommended a surge in Iraq based on an eclipse or a sign in the heavens, he would have been forced into psychiatric treatment, followed … Continue reading

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Constantine’s Exodus…

Leithart begins chapter four DC by offering a great parallel between Constantine’s famous victory at the battle of Milvian Bridge and the Exodus. Just as Pharaoh’s chariots and his host were cast into the sea, so the pharaoh-like Maxentius and “the … Continue reading

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Constantine: The anti-Jupiter

The rules for victors like Constantine was that he was required to enter the Capitolium and offer sacrifice to Jupiter; Constantine refused. Diocletian’s empire was built on sacrifice, his persecutions inspired by a failed sacrifice. As soon as he defeated … Continue reading

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Do not trust the oracles…

From Leithart’s Defending Constantine: October 28 marked the sixth anniversary of Maxentius’s elevation as Augustus. It seemed a propitious moment for him to confront his enemy, and his confidence was buoyed by an oracle that reported, with the ambiguity characteristic … Continue reading

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