Did A Meteor Impact In A.D. 312 Alter History?

The BBC reports that a team of geologists has discovered a meteor crater in Italy that dates back to around A.D. 300, which could explain a divine vision supposedly witnessed by Emperor Constantine in A.D. 312 during a battle for the rule of Rome. Traditional accounts of the event relate that a “radiant cross appearing in the heavens, with the inscription, ‘By this thou shalt conquer,’” inspiring him and his army to win the battle and convincing him to allow Christianity to flourish under his subsequent rule. One wonders whether a chance event like a meteor impact could have irrevocably altered history…

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