Thundering Legion

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When in the Danubian campaigns of Marcus Aurelius a sudden rainstorm saved the Roman army from drought and defeat in 172, Christians attributed this to the prayers of the Christian members of the ‘Legio XII Fulminata’. The mistranslation ‘thundering’ for ‘thunderstruck’ led to an elaboration that a thunderbolt had destroyed the enemy.

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