In his De mortibus persecutorum, Lactantius ascribes similar visionary experiences to the emperors Constantine and Licinius before the decisive battles of their respective civil wars, which has raised questions as to the genuineness of Lactantius’ reporting, as well as Constantinian and Licinian motivations. Seldom considered, however, is how Lactantius constructs these vision narratives using commonplace literary motifs. This paper examines Lactantius’ use of one motif in particular, scriptural parallel, by which he provides his vision narratives with Christian significance.
|Number of pages||1|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|
|Event||Canadian Society of Patristic Studies - University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada|
Duration: 31 May 2015 → 1 Jun 2015
|Conference||Canadian Society of Patristic Studies|
|Period||31/05/15 → 1/06/15|
Bhola, R. K. (2015). What's in a dream? Scriptural parallels in Lactantius' accounts of the visions of Constantine and Licinius. 5. Abstract from Canadian Society of Patristic Studies, Ottawa, Canada.