- May 2011
- Rural Australia
I have to agree this is a case of lack of evidence in either direction. But logic says no. Constantine and his forces came from Gaul and Britain, an area where Greek was very uncommon. Education in Greek in the upper and middle classes wasn't as prevalent as it used to be either in these regions.
But even then you would expect that many of Eusebius' Greek-speaking contemporaries would have noticed that his story about Christ sounded doubtful, if Constantine had just copied or expanded on an existing practice.
You would also expect that this would have left some traces in the sources.
Eusebius must have been among the top echelon of Greek scholars at that time. Is it reasonable to think that Eusebius did have, or did not have, knowledge of this prior use for the Chi-Rho symbol?