labarum

[labarum of Constantine]
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The military standard adopted by Constantine the Great after 312. It originally consisted of a long gilded spear from which was suspended a purple banner bearing, in Greek, the inscription “in this sign thou shalt conquer.” On top of the spear was the so-called monogram of Constantine which was, in reality, a symbol of the name of Christ. Fifty soldiers were entrusted with the care of the standard.

MLA Citation

  • “labarum”. New Catholic Dictionary. Saints.SQPN.com. 12 September 2010. Web. 22 October 2014. <http://saints.sqpn.com/labarum/>