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The Life of Constantine with Orations of Constantine and Eusebius.: Chapter VI
p. 502 Chapter VI.—An Apparition seen in the Cities subject to Licinius, as of Constantines Troops passing through them.
While these things were taking place a supernatural appearance is said to have been observed in the cities subject to the tyrants rule. Different detachments of Constantines army seemed to present themselves to the view, marching at noonday through these cities, as though they had obtained the victory. In reality, not a single soldier was anywhere present at the time, and yet this appearance was seen through the agency of a divine and superior power, and foreshadowed what was shortly coming to pass. For as soon as the armies were ready to engage, he who had broken through the ties of friendly alliance 3167 was the first to commence the battle; on which Constantine, calling on the name of “God the Supreme Saviour,” and giving this as the watchword to his soldiers, overcame him in this first conflict: and not long after in a second battle he gained a still more important and decisive victory, the salutary trophy preceding the ranks of his army.
[Licinius was suspected of having secretly countenanced Bassianus (who had married Constantines sister Anastasia, and received the rank of Cæsar) in a treasonable conspiracy. Vide Gibbon, Decline and Fall, chap. 14.—Bag.] Compare Prolegomena, under Life.
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