Ancient Warfare Answers (266): Which account of the battle of the Milvian Bridge is the most convincing?

Jsoth, wonders what account of the battle of Milvain Bridge does Murray find most convincing, and what supporting evidence is of the battle?

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I’m a bit late, but Murray mentions Constantine’s deathbed baptism as a basis for skepticism of the narrative of his conversion occurring immediately after the battle of the Milvian bridge. My understanding based on what I was told in both an undergraduate course on the subject, as well as my (non-historian) priest as I recall, is that deathbed baptisms were common practice even by fairly devout converts to Christianity in this period- essentially trying to get maximum value out of it by “saving” baptism until the last possible moment. I believe Bart Ehrman has written about this.

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