What's in a dream?

Scriptural parallels in Lactantius' accounts of the visions of Constantine and Licinius

Rajiv K. Bhola

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages5
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventCanadian Society of Patristic Studies - University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada
Duration: 31 May 20151 Jun 2015

Conference

ConferenceCanadian Society of Patristic Studies
Abbreviated titleCSPS
CountryCanada
CityOttawa
Period31/05/151/06/15

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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.