‘Am I more like God than you because I am stronger?’
… It was, it seems, the Romans, that most militaristic of empire building peoples
who first insisted that St Michael should be seen, that is, depicted,
in a military light, the Commander-in-Chief of an ‘Army of Angels’, as it were.
After Constantine’s defeat of Licineus at the Battle of Adrianople AD 324
which the Emperor attributed to the Archangel Michael he had a painting
of the Saint slaying a Dragon commisioned for the Michaelion,
a Christian Sanctuary nearby, which was previously dedicated to healing waters.
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