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Old April 3rd, 2012, 01:41 PM   #1

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Constantine Primary Source?


Hi, I am doing a paper on Constantine (specifically the battle of the Milvian Bridge) and I need a primary source but I am having trouble finding one...can anyone point me in the right direction? thanks!

EDIT: sorry sent that from my phone let me elaborate a bit more on my assignment

I already have a number of secondary sources/books including Constantine: Roman Emperor, Christian Victor and Constantine by Paul Stevenson, i've also found several websites dealing with the subject but I am having trouble finding a direct primary source. I don't NEED the primary source to be specifically about the battle (which I didnt realize when I posted this) but rather it could be anything related to Constantine...something about the battle would be preferred but from what I've read primary sources on the battle itself are scarce.

Again I am not really even needing a direct link to a source, I just need some direction in where I could find one...I tried Google, but only could find secondary sources

Thanks again for any help

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Old April 3rd, 2012, 02:22 PM   #2

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Though I dislike Eusebius, you should not miss this (Milvian Bridge chapter XXXVIII)

Internet History Sourcebooks

Also, Lactantius who is better in my opinion. Milvian Bridge chapter XLIV
Lactantius, On the Deaths of the Persecutors

Ammianus deal with later emperor but he refers to Constantine too in some of his books

LacusCurtius ? Ammian (Ammianus Marcellinus)

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Old April 3rd, 2012, 10:13 PM   #3

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How about some Christian Authors?


Constantine's era was one of Ecclesian historian's favorites. I think the masterpiece of Philip Schaff will give some hints about the sources (especially his Church History vol. 3 HISTORY OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH* ). The works, including very thick and detailed contents, have been much much helpful to me in that source-searching function.
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Have you considered Van Dam's book ??

Amazon.com: Remembering Constantine at the Milvian Bridge (9781107096431): Raymond Van Dam: Books
Amazon.com: Remembering Constantine at the Milvian Bridge (9781107096431): Raymond Van Dam: Books


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Old April 4th, 2012, 03:41 AM   #5

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Thanks so much! and I've never seen that last book before...Ironically it never came up on my searches on Amazon for some reason which is crazy.

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Old May 15th, 2012, 02:49 PM   #6

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Just wanted to hop back in and thank all the contributors to this topic, I ended up getting an A on the paper, the Internet History Sourcebook was a godsend! and Eusebius and Lactantius were exactly what I was needing.

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