I’m not a big fan of simply assuming Constantine was a “pious Christian” as so many often do.
After seeing a “vision from God” of an old pagan symbol for the idol in the shape of a cross “Chi Rho” in 313AD (usually attached before then with the ancient astrological sign of “S” alluding to “serpens” the symbol of the “serpent healers” at the bottom …where we get our modern RX symbols as a heritage from Greek mythologies of “Caduceus” also known as “Hermes Staff.” And then afterwards being described by “Humanist christian” Lactantius an early “christian author” of works like “de Ave Phoenice” (The Phoenix), whom the early Humanists of his days called the “Christian Cicero”, thus noting his tendency to mix patriotism and Roman nationalism in with his “christianity” …this man Lactantius then claims Constantine as a true convert, however still remaining at his side as an advisor.
Anyways after this supposed conversion after many other telling marks of disingenuous deeds, in 324AD (one year prior to the famed counsel) erects this prized emblem of idolatry called mostly “The Serpentine Column,” historically known as the “Plataean Tripod” or “Delphi Tripod” which also had a golden tripod and bowl (both long missing) for occult libations and offerings together known as a “trophy”, or offering, dedicated to apollo at Delphi made in the spring of 478BC.
Constantine then had this transported from Delphi (ancient name: Krisa), the famous ancient sanctuary as the seat of “the oracle” in “the omphalos”, or “navel of gaia”, mythologically presented by zeus by sending out two eagles (aka, the bird of zeus) flying from the eastern and western extremities, and the path where the eagles crossed over to each other …that is where they supposed the “navel of the earth” (aka, pagan holy place) ..was.Then later on rededicated in about 800 BC, when it served as the major site during classical times for the worship of the god apollo. Apollo was said to have slain Python, a “drako” a serpent or a dragon who lived there, and protected the navel of the Earth. “Python” (derived from the verb (pythō), “to rot”) is claimed by some to be the original name of the site in recognition of Python which Apollo defeated.Anyways with all that being said, Constantine in his days placed this “Serpentine Column” prominently before his grand palace known as the “Hippodrome of Constantinople” which became the new epicentre of the recentralized Roman capitol where the continuing tradition in old Roman Circuses, and chariot rases were held. (Note: Tertullian’s De Spectaculis)
…later Theodosius I, another well known “christian emperor” placed his “Obelisk of Theodosius” beside it, taken from Alexandria in 390AD, put there by Constantine’s son “Constantius II” from the Egyptian “temple of Karnak” dedicated the idol “amun” (apollo/zeus equivalent), part of the “Theban Triad” consisting of “the queen of heaven” known as “mut” together giving birth to “the moon” known as “khonsu” all morphing together to create Egyptians first Zoroastrian like monotheistic “god”, called “amun-ra”
…its sister obelisk the “Lateran Obelisk” erected by Constantius II, where he claims it was “his father’s” Constantine’s obelisk, inscribed on its four sides. It currently stands at Piazza San Giovanni in Laterano in Rome, Italy across from the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran.
The reason I posted the other column with corrosion and a picture of its old form is because it originally had a image of Constantine made to be as apollo at its top, which he erected in the same vicinity of the “Serpentine Column” in 330AD …five years after his most notable influence on the “church.” Also by this time exiled, and replaced Bishops in MANY places …like his father before, and like his sons afterwards. A Neo-Romanist “church” where the Emperor decided who was “Pope” or “Bishop”, not the “True Church.”
“You shall destroy all those who dwell in that land, from before you, and demolish their obelisks, and utterly destroy their molten images, and all their pillars you shall demolish.” ~(Numbers 33:52 -Charles Thomson Septuagint Bible)
Seems very hypocritical to me, given what is said in The Epistle of Constantine. Socrates Scholasticus’ Ecclesiastical History.