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Constantine Glory of the Army 330-335AD (Co101)
Constantine Glory of the Army 330-335AD Co101


 
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CONSTANTI-NVS MAX AVG rosette-diadem, draped, cuirassed. GLOR-IA EXERC-ITVS [The glory of the army] Two soldiers helmeted, stg. facing one another, reversed spear in outer hands, inner hands on shields resting on the ground; between them two standards, cross between the standards. Constantine had to remember not to alienate the military. Constantine owed his position to the army, and he surely realized this. Constantine may have been a Christian, but the army at this time was mostly pagan. The word pagan comes from paganus, which means rustic or pertaining to the country, and most soldiers of the fourth century came from the provinces, or the country. Christianity took longer to spread to the countryside, so that is why the word pagan came to be associated with non-Christians. These coins were minted giving credit and honoring the army, thus streghtening the bonds that Constantine enjoyed with his military.

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