The ‘Eusebian Constantine’

@article{Storch1971TheC,
  title={The ‘Eusebian Constantine’},
  author={R. H. Storch},
  journal={Church History},
  year={1971},
  volume={40},
  pages={145 - 155}
}
Historians generally have concerned themselves with the reliability of the Vita Constantini of Eusebius, while ignoring an important contribution of the panegyricist, namely, the image of Constantine he projects to his readers. This image, or the “Eusebian Constantine,” involves four major elements: (1) all success and benefit derive from the favor of the divinity; (2) only the pious receive divine favor; (3) the most important indication of divine favor for a pious ruler is military victory… 
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