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11:20 Nov 24, 2001
Latin to English translations [Non-PRO]
Art/Literary - Idioms / Maxims / Sayings
Latin term or phrase: in hoc signo vinces
free masonry
knights templar
Roland Pryor

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5 +1In This Sign You Shall Conquer
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In This Sign You Shall Conquer


In Hoc Signo Vinces is Latin for "In This Sign (the Cross) You Shall Conquer." It was taken from a vision of the Emperor Constantine in about the year 310. At the Battle of Milvian Bridge, Constantine's army was fiercely outnumbered by the contending emperor Maxentius. On the evening before the battle, Constantine saw a Cross emblazoned on the horizon with the words "In Hoc Signo Crucis Vinces" surrounding it. He immediately set to work placing the cross on the shields of everyone in his army. The next day Constantine swept the enemy into the Tiber River, and entered victoriously into Rome! It was this incident that blazed the trail for the Edict of Milan in 313, which ended the persecutions against the Catholics, and gave them the legal right to worship publicly.


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