Constantine the Great had been raised in a pagan society. Before turning to Christianity, his two favorite pagan gods had been Mars and Apollo. As a matter of fact, worship of the sun was a very popular belief at the time in the Roman Empire (Grant, 1993). The establishment of the Christian faith throughout the pagan empire must not have been easy. The emperor had to utilize his vision of the cross&nbsp.and In Hoc Signo Vinces to fashion the labarum for the defense of his newfound religion.&nbsp. The labarum was a long golden spear that was joined by a traverse bar with a hanging silk cloth.