From Usurper to Emperor: The Politics of Legitimation in the Age of Constantine

  title={From Usurper to Emperor: The Politics of Legitimation in the Age of Constantine},
  author={Mark Osborne Humphries},
  journal={Journal of Late Antiquity},
  pages={100 - 82}
  • M. Humphries
  • Published 30 April 2008
  • History
  • Journal of Late Antiquity
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