Lactantius and Constantine

  title={Lactantius and Constantine},
  author={Timothy D. Barnes},
  journal={Journal of Roman Studies},
  pages={29 - 46}
  • T. Barnes
  • Published 1 November 1973
  • History
  • Journal of Roman Studies
Flavius Valerius Constantius, the senior reigning emperor since Diocletian and Maximian had abdicated on 1 May 305, died at Eburacum on 25 July 306. At once his entourage and army proclaimed Augustus the son who stood beside his death-bed, and invested him with the purple. Constantine, however, with a subtlety beyond his years, contented himself with obtaining recognition as a Caesar from Galerius, who now, as the senior emperor, possessed the right of appointing new imperial colleagues… 

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