Geographical sites:

  • Abruzzo (click here to focus in map) (see also Pleiades #413019)
    Pleiades_icon *Aprutium region Geocontext: Abruzzo
    Description: An ancient region of eastern Italy (modern Abruzzo).
  • Tiber (click here to focus in map) (see also Pleiades #423080)
    Pleiades_icon Tiberis (river) river Geocontext: Tevere/Tiber
    Description: The Tiber river is the third-longest river of the Italian peninsula, flowing 406 km (252 mi) from the Apennine Mountains to the Tyrrhenian Sea.


Text #6201

Eusebius, "Life of Constantine the Great", in A select library of Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers of the Christian Church, edited by Schaff, Philip & Wace, Henry
[Euseb. Const. 1.28. The Christian Literature Company. 1890 p. 490]

How, while he was praying, God sent him a Vision of a Cross of Light in the Heavens at Mid-day, with an Inscription admonishing him to conquer by that.

Accordingly he 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. […] 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.

Text #395

Whitehouse. "Space impact 'saved Christianity'"


Did a meteor over central Italy in AD 312 change the course of Roman and Christian history? A team of geologists believes it has found the incoming space rock’s impact crater, and dating suggests its formation coincided with the celestial vision said to have converted a future Roman emperor to Christianity. […] Spurred on by divine intervention, Constantine’s army won the day and he gave homage to the God of the Christians whom he believed had helped him. […] Jens Ormo, a Swedish geologist, and colleagues working in Italy believe Constantine witnessed a meteoroid impact. The research team believes it has identified what remains of the impactor’s crater.

It is the small, circular Cratere del Sirente in central Italy. It is clearly an impact crater, Ormo says, because its shape fits and it is also surrounded by numerous smaller, secondary craters, gouged out by ejected debris, as expected from impact models. Radiocarbon dating puts the crater’s formation at about the right time to have been witnessed by Constantine and there are magnetic anomalies detected around the secondary craters - possibly due to magnetic fragments from the meteorite. According to Ormo, it would have struck the Earth with the force of a small nuclear bomb, perhaps a kiloton in yield. It would have looked like a nuclear blast, with a mushroom cloud and shockwaves.” […]

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