Maxentius

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Member of the The Tetrarchy dynasty.

Coins for this issuer were issued from 306 until 312.

Maxentius was the son of Maximian and was angry that he had not been elevated to Caesar in 305. He took up residence just outside of Rome, and when Galerius decided to extend taxation to all of Italy he saw the opportunity to lead a revolt. He also allied with Constantine and called his father Maximian out of retirement.

Severus tried to march on Rome to retake it, but his troops deserted to Maximian and he was killed. The Galerius himself invaded Rome, but he too was unsuccessful in putting down Maxentius’ rebellion.

Maximian tried to usurp his son’s power in 310, but failed and fled to Constantine’s protection. After a conference of Diocletian, Galerius, and Maximian, the tetrarchy was re-affirmed and Maxentius was left in control of Italy and Africa. However, his popularity began to decline and he faced rebellions. In 312, Constantine finally marched on Rome under Christian banners, and Maxentius’ troops died when the Milvian Bridge collapsed as they were retreating back into Rome. Maxentius himself died while trying to swim to safety.

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  • Preferred label: Maxentius
  • Full names:
    • Maxentius
    • Marcus Aurelius Valerius Maxentius Augustus
  • Title: Consul of the Roman Empire
  • Predecessor: Constantius Chlorus
  • Successor: Constantine the Great
  • Definition: Maxentius (Latin: Marcus Aurelius Valerius Maxentius Augustus; c. 278 – 28 October 312) was Roman Emperor from 306 to 312. He was the son of former Emperor Maximian and the son-in-law of Emperor Galerius. The latter part of his reign was preoccupied with civil war, allying with Maximinus II against Licinius and Constantine. The latter defeated him at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge in 312, where Maxentius, with his army in flight, purportedly perished by drowning in the Tiber River.
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