“In hoc signo vinces” is a Latin phrase conventionally translated into English as “In this sign thou shalt conquer”. The Latin phrase itself renders, rather loosely, the Greek phrase “ἐν τούτῳνίκα”, transliterated as “en toútōi níka”, literally meaning “in this, conquer”.
The bishop Eusebius of Caesarea, a historian, states that Constantine the Great, Roman emperor from 306 to 337, was marching with his army (the exact location is unknown) when he looked up to the sun and saw a cross of light above it, and with it the Greek words “ἐν τούτῳ νίκα” (“In this, conquer”), a phrase often rendered into Latin as in hoc signo vinces (“in this sign, you will conquer”).
At first, Constantine did not know the meaning of the apparition, but on the following night, he had a dream in which Christ explained to him that he should use the sign of the cross against his enemies. Eusebius then continues to describe the Labarum, the military standard used by Constantine in his later wars against Licinius, showing the Chi-Rho sign. The accounts by Lactantius and Eusebius, though not entirely consistent, have been connected to the Battle of the Milvian Bridge (312 AD), having merged into a popular notion of Constantine seeing the Chi-Rho sign on the evening before the battle.
The creation of this medallion is inspired by the cross of light that Constantine saw in the sky with the Greek words “ἐν τούτῳνίκα” (“In this, conquer”). The design of this cross resembles the Knights Templar cross.
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