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Licinius II

Reece Period attributed: Period 16


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Member of the The Tetrarchy dynasty.

Coins for this issuer were issued from 317 until 324.

Licinius the Younger was the son of Licinius I and Constantia. His birth provoked a succession struggle and the ultimate fall of his father from power, as Constantine sought to have his sons become Caesars in the west. The peace treaty between Licinius and Constantine of 317 allowed for the joint accession of Constantine’s sons and Licinius II as Caesars in 317; Licinius II died when Constantine defeated his father near the Bosphorus, sent them to live as private citizens, and then had them executed.

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  • Preferred label: Licinius II
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  • Title: Consul of the Roman Empire
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  • Definition: Licinius II or Licinius the Younger (full name: Valerius Licinianus Licinius) (approx. 315–326) was the son of Roman emperor Licinius. He nominally served as Caesar in the eastern empire from 317 to 324 AD while his father was Augustus. His mother was Licinius' wife Flavia Julia Constantia, who was also the half-sister of Constantine I. After his defeat by Constantine at the Battle of Chrysopolis, Licinius the elder was initially spared and placed in captivity at Thessalonica. However, within a year Constantine seems to have regretted his leniency and the former Emperor was hanged. The younger Licinius, who was Constantine's nephew, also fell victim to the emperor's suspicions and was killed, probably in the context of the execution of Crispus in 326. Other reports relate that Licinius the younger was forced into slavery in the imperial textile factories in Africa, where he is noted in 336. However, the imperial rescript of 336 makes it clear that the "son of Licinianus" referred to was not Licinius II as it directs that he be reduced to the slave status of his birth. No son of Constantine's sister would have been referred to in this manner.
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