Labarum Meaning


LABARUM, the name given to the imperial banner of Constantine, commemorating the emperor’s vision of the eross in the sky which caused his conversion to Christianity early in the 4th century.

Eusebius of Caesarea has described it in his Life of Constantine (1.26) : it was in the form of a long pike crossed by a beam from which suspended a banner richly embroidered with gold and adorned with precious stones. The pike was surmounted by a wreath of gold, enclosing within it the so-called chrismon.

This monogram of the two initial letters of the Greek word for Christ.

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